WEIMAR, TX (KTRK) -- A tornado touchdown in Weimar Thursday afternoon caused several injuries, derailed at least one train and damaged a hospital enough to prompt a patient evacuation.
The National Weather Service says the tornado briefly touched down around 5:24pm near Weimar High School. Weimar High School is closed today as officials assess the damage to the campus.
"First we will asses all of the damage. We are going to find out what the plan is to open our school on Monday," said Weimar ISD Superintendent Wunderlich. I know it's an optimistic goal but we plan to come up with a cleanup crew. I know we'll have a lot of community support in doing so."
Colorado County Judge Ty Prause said says one train was derailed and a hospital in Weimar was damaged badly enough that patients had to be evacuated and taken to other hospitals in the area. It wasn't known how many patients were affected.
There were people at Weimar High School's football field selling pizza for a fundraiser when the tornado hit. Eight of them were taken to a hospital, but their injuries weren't life-threatening. Their Papa John's trailer was overturned during the storm.
Several students from the school's softball team also were on campus for practice at the time.
"Shingles were flying off the roof of the building of the school," Weimar High School junior Peyton Wunderlisch said. "If you look down the football field, the press box, the football field, just was gone, so all that was blown away in an instant and we had no idea what was going on at the time. We were just scared."
Prause says there was another truck that had the windows blown out and the driver was injured there, too.
An eyewitness says cemetery close to the school also sustained some damage.
Around other parts of the city, several trees were ripped out of the ground and many homes have roof damage. The storm also knocked out power to parts of the town.
Earlier in the day, some of our computer models picked up on the increased moisture levels a line of storms blowing from the west. However, KTRK Chief Meteorologist Tim Heller says no tornado warning was issued for the storm before the tornado touchdown.
More showers are expected today. Then rain will likely stick around into Saturday before clearing for Mother's Day.
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