KOUNTZE, Texas (AP) - Authorities say eight small airplanes were flipped or otherwise severely damaged as storms blew through Southeast Texas.
Officials at Hawthorne Field in Kountze (koontz), 80 miles northeast of Houston, say the bad weather hit late Tuesday afternoon.
Hardin County Sheriff Ed Cain says nobody was hurt.
Airport operator Dale Williford says early estimates indicate five planes were destroyed, while three were damaged. Some of the tethered private planes were blown into a wooded area. The main hangar at Hawthorne Field has roof damage.
The National Weather Service says the winds were likely caused by a microburst, when rainfall rapidly cools the air and conditions quickly change. Forecaster Donald Jones says such events can generate winds topping 60 mph.
Storms father north, in Tyler, damaged trees and downed some power lines.
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