CHAPEL HILL, Texas (KETK) - Monday night, our East Texas Storm Team reported there was slight rotation in a storm passing through Smith County. Due to lack of visual evidence by a storm spotter, the National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning instead of a Tornado Warning.
One Chapel Hill family says regardless of the warning, what they experienced Monday night was intense.
"It got real windy and the rain was coming in from every direction onto our porch," said Michael Hall, a Chapel Hill resident. "We didn't realize that all the trees and everything were down until we got out and walked around when the lights went out. That's when we realized all the trees were down."
Fallen trees are scattered throughout their property and their power has been out twice since the storm hit. And another casualty - the family's trampoline.
"Well, it flew across the field and I guess it hit the tree," said Abilgail Vines, who was in the home during the storm.
The family eventually found the trampoline and its many broken pieces in a nearby pasture.