Tornado damages school in Corsicana

April 27, 2009 5:25:10 PM PDT
A tornado touched down about 50 miles south of the Dallas area and collapsed part of the roof of a school building, forcing a teacher to dive beneath a table to avoid falling debris. National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Harris in Fort Worth said the storm Monday was a tornado. Ten structures in Corsicana, including the Robert E. Lee Center, also known as the Lee Academy, were damaged. The facility is an alternative education center and the students were sent home. High winds from the tornado also damaged numerous trees in the area.

Rob Ludwig, the public information officer for the Corsicana school district, said the teacher was unharmed and no students were in the room. There were no injuries.

A second possible tornado moved across Kaufmann County, but there were no initial reports of building damage from that storm.

In DeWitt County, Sheriff Jode Zavesky said in Monday's online edition of the Victoria Advocate that some residents reported having windows broken out in a storm that moved through the area. He did not know if it was a tornado.

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