Storm Rips Roof in Madisonville

Storm Rips Roof in Madisonville

There are 12 comments on the story from Jul 27, 2009, titled Storm Rips Roof in Madisonville. In it, reports that:

Folks aren't sure what happened in Madisonville Sunday night. "I think it was a twister," said 15-year-old Dustin Goodrum.

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Spring, TX

#1 Jul 27, 2009
It was a tornado. We live in The Woodlands and we were on my way to my dads house in Centerville. We saw it on the left side of I-45.
Storm Chaser

Bedford, TX

#2 Jul 27, 2009
At the Superior Well Service yard, we lost the roof to one of our buildings, the office windows and part of the fence. Luckily no one was at the yard when the storm hit. At the Toyota Dealership next door several light poles are down.

Paris, TX

#3 Jul 27, 2009
I was curious if it was a tornado. We were on our way home from the coast and arrived shortly after it came thru. It was apparent it must have been a tornado. Is there any news on the semitrailer wreck and the truck pulling a horsetrailer on I45 southbound. Looked like all was being cleaned up as we passed, but the horses looked scraped up and spooked. I hope noone was badly hurt in this storm! I am thankful we missed the tornado while traveling.
Laura Roberts

Houston, TX

#4 Jul 27, 2009
We were traveling home from Fort Worth. Going through Madisonville on 45 just in time for the most terrifying storm ever. Hwy shut down. We never seen a twister but much debris was flying in with the sideways rain and hail banging agaist the truck and windows. It happened twice to us. Afterwords we seen cars pulled over while children literally threw up outside their cars. Thank God there for protection through that storm!

Doha, Qatar

#5 Jul 27, 2009
I believe it was a tornado. We were on the way to Houston Airport from Ft.Worth. We were right between that horsetrailer and the overturned 18 wheeler. It was horrible, I could not see anything it was raining and hailing so hard, the winds must be over 100 mph, I just saw the powerlines to my right clip and arc, I thought it would hit our car. The howling wind was so loud, I thought the car would turnover. The wind with hail was horizontally from the west and beat up the whole right side of my car. Strange there was not much coverage.

Eureka, CA

#6 Jul 27, 2009
Our family had stopped at the Texas Burger at the time the storm came in. The restaurant had water coming in the doors and when we saw a small let up in the rain we tried to leave-big mistake. We couldnt see anything and I think it was part of a roof that tore up the side of my car. This had to be a tornado, an RV was overturned at the overpass, light poles down, people everywhere on 45 were stopped and out of their cars. We could see damage to property for about 5-10 miles down the road.

Fort Worth, TX

#7 Jul 27, 2009
Me and my two young sons were returning to fort worth from visiting my parents in the woodlands. We drove straight into this storm. I could see lighting 20 min before we reached Madisonville. The rain was so blinding I pulled off to a crowded gas station then parked between two cars facing a building. Our car was shaking violently,my kids (5 &6) were terrified, the rain was so blinding I couldn't even see the cars next to us anymore. I know it was too strong to be a "thunder storm" I truly believe it was a tornado, I think the winds may have even picked up the back end of our car. Thank goodness no one was seriously hurt. A large stainless steel grill from an outdoor store was thrown across the parking lot 5 feet from our car. Not a good warning system in that town. If I would have known it was a tornado,I would have taken shelter! I thought it was just a rain storm. No sirens?

United States

#8 Jul 27, 2009
We were on our way home from Houston when I drove into the storm. I pulled over onto the shoulder of IH45, just as I stopped, lightening hit an eletrical pole on the southbound side, sparks went flying everywhere, it wasnt long before there were cars stopped as far as I could see on Northbound 45 (of course I couldnt see far). Then the hail started, the debris was flying straight at us and the rain was completely horizontal. It was very possibly the most scared I have ever been in my life and I prayed over and over to God to protect my children and my friend's son who was with us. When the car began to shake violently, there were some very tense moments. I fully believed we were in a tornado and once the "storm" passed, not a mile away from where we had stopped, the power line poles were broken in half and the 18 wheeler and truck and trailer the had been knocked over. I am very thankful to God that we made it through and comletely believe it was a tornado. I am having a hard time believing the weather authorities cannot ascertain whether or not it was a tornado or simply straight line winds.

Doha, Qatar

#9 Jul 27, 2009
As mentioned earlier we travelled south on I45. I saw the large thunderstorm already maybe 100 miles ahead. As we were getting closer, the weather seemed to be hotter indicating around 100F. Then I saw intense lightning, left and right, very close, even outside the clouds. I saw a huge downdraft of rain at the bottom of the cloud, but did not see any funnels. Then the lighting intensified and the rain. Also the wind started to pick up. Then the rain got very strong, we couldn't see anything anymore so we stopped. After a while it seemed it was getting more quite and the wind reduced so we continued driving. But after a few minutes the wind picked up tremendously, the trees bent down, debris was flying. The wind must have been around 80-100 mph, I saw the power poles clipping and arcing and debris was flying around everywhere. The car was shaking like it was about to turn over and the was a loud howling wind noise. I just hoped at this moment this was not a tornado. The 18 wheeler before us flipped over and you could smell the gas leaking out of the truck. I also saw the temerature dropping to 65F during this event. It was terrifying. It was not a normal rainstorm, I don't know if a microburst could do that.

Duarte, CA

#10 Jul 27, 2009
I was on my way home from National High School Rodeo Finals in Farmington, New Mexico and we were stopped on I-45 in Madisonville. Everyone on the road was stopped due to the rain, wind, and hail causing our whole truck to shake back and forth. The next thing i knew our trucks front wheels were off the ground. Slowly our truck tilted to the left, slamming us down on the side of our truck, while our horse trailer followed. The horse trailer actually landed on another car. After crawling out of the window of the truck we were able to get to the horse trailer to see if Gucci was alright. With the help of the nice people on the road we were able to cut my horse, Gucci, strap which held her to the trailer, and open up the back trailer door. Gucci had to break through the panels in the trailer and jump through the door to get out. I honestly don't know how she did it but I'm so glad she was able to! Gucci's legs and face are cut up but the rest of her is okay. The rest of my family is okay, and the family who was in the car we flipped on is also okay. A 18 wheeler as well flipped in front of us and the driver is doing good, just has a bad cut on his arm.

Im sure it was a tornado as power lines were also snapped in half

Doha, Qatar

#11 Jul 27, 2009
Good that everyone is ok. We just passed your horsetrailer minutes before! And thanks God your horse is allright. When I saw the powerlines snapping I knew it was very bad. There is a news report that the NWS said it was a microburst: .
However it seemed to last very long time and also the town seemed to have a lot of damage as we passed by.

Arlington, TX

#12 Jul 28, 2009
Lauren, we were headed home to Arlington from Houston when we came up on the traffic jam. As we approached, I saw the 18-wheeler, then I saw you standing on the freeway with your horse. I was praying that everyone, including your horse, was okay. I've checked the internet frequently to find out anything I could on you and am happy to hear that no one, including Gucci, was hurt seriously. I hope all of you heal, physically and emotionally.

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