Tornadoes in Bryan, San Augustine rated EF2

BRYAN, Texas – A tornado that tore through Bryan on Wednesday was rated an EF2, according to the National Weather Service.

The twister was reported about 4:45 p.m. along FM 1179 near Steep Hollow, on the east side of the Brazos County town.

The rating means the tornado had winds between 111 and 135 mph.

Video from SKY2 showed significant damage to several buildings in the area. A couple of the buildings appeared to be garages. At least one home appeared to have sustained major damage to the roof.

VIDEO: Funnel cloud moves through Bryan

Bryan was not the only Texas town to have experienced damage from a tornado.

A twister was also reported late Wednesday night in the east Texas town of San Augustine.

Photos sent to KPRC2 of that damage showed a roof that had collapsed at a Family Dollar store. A resident described the damage as extensive.

The National Weather Service said the San Augustine tornado was also rated at least an EF2.

VIDEO: EF-2 tornado hits San Augustine

PHOTOS: Storm damage in San Augustine, Texas

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Sky2 shows tornado damage in Bryan, Texas.

Ann Jones, a San Augustine resident said her house weathered the storm, but the convenience store she owns down the road wasn't so fortunate. 

"I've been here for 30 years. This is my 30 years' life that just went down within 30 minutes?" she said. "It's a lot of a setback, but I'll be alright. God is with us."

Both tornadoes were caused by a powerful spring storm system that has since moved east of the region and spawned another cyclone, rated at least an EF3, in the northern Louisiana town of Ruston, where two people were killed.

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