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Delta County narrowly escapes tornado


By Scott Harvey

Delta County – It seems Delta County avoided even harsher weather Monday afternoon, after one citizen reported seeing a funnel cloud near her residence.

Robbie Craig and her husband live just off Antioch Road near FM 1528, about seven miles northwest of Cooper.

"It just started down from the cloud, and another one from another part of the cloud that came down and made kind of a curly q on it," Craig said. "And it dropped a little ways down, then it just folded back up and went back up into the cloud."

She witnessed the cloud around 5:30 p.m. Monday as it dropped down nearly halfway, and was visible for almost four minutes.

"I was mesmerized. I was just watching it so close and then I thought, if that thing comes down all the way I'm out of here," Craig chuckled.

The safest place for her and her husband would have been the hallway.

Delta County was one of several counties Monday afternoon and early Monday evening placed under a severe thunderstorm warning. There were several reports of quarter-size hail but no confirmed reports of any tornadoes in the region.

Showers and thunderstorms are again possible Tuesday as a tornado watch is in effect for the entire listening region until 10 p.m. Tuesday. Stay with KETR for all the latest severe weather coverage.