No injuries reported as a large tornado moved across Interstate 45 near the County Line damaging several buildings and striking an RV park
Motorists traveling along I 45 around 4:15 Saturday afternoon were astonished when they found themselves in the middle of a large tornado traveling northeast across the freeway between Willis and New Waverly. Many drivers turned around and fled the wrong way on the freeway to escape the tornado as it crossed I45 near Shepard Hill Rd. The tornado continued north, damaging a number of buildings and flipping RVs at the Fish Pond RV Park and Repair Shop.
A number of diners and staff at the Fish Pond Restaurant took shelter inside the building as the storm passed over and were shaken but uninjured. The tornado continued over the park and damaged a metal building next to the restaurant and flipped several RVs in the repair yard before moving north into Walker County.
The tornado lifted back up but as it traveled over New Waverly and no further damage was reported in Walker County. North Montgomery County Firefighters were initially dispatched to reports of victims trapped in the RV park and quickly requested assistance from the New Waverly Fire Department when they found their way blocked by trees across Hwy 75 near the Knights of Columbus Hall just North of Shepard Hill Rd.
New Waverly Firefighters responded to the RV park and restaurant, searching the area for victims. Two RVs in the park were heavily damaged, but fortunately their owners were away when the storm struck. After making contact with the occupants of the restaurant and confirming there were no injuries, Firefighters remained on scene for several hours working to secure the area while crews from Entergy isolated and cleared numerous downed power lines. Diners at the Restaurant were unable to leave until nearly 7 PM when the lines and roadway were cleared. Entergy and road crews remained on scene throughout the night assessing the damage, clearing downed trees and restoring power to the area.