RUNNELS COUNTY - A weather system converged over Runnels County on Saturday and produced high winds, lightning and downed trees and some damage throughout the county, but produced very little precipitation.

RUNNELS COUNTY - A weather system converged over Runnels County on Saturday and produced high winds, lightning and downed trees and some damage throughout the county, but produced very little precipitation.

According to the National Weather Service in San Angelo, the storm started in the Panhandle and moved from Lubbock and Midland through the Concho Valley, Saturday, June 23 at about 8:45 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued at 8:41 p.m. said Terry Huber, senior forecaster at the NWS.

The warning mentioned winds up to 70 miles per hour and the potential of quarter size hail.

“We had rain in the forecast for Saturday night,” Huber said. “There was a slight chance of storms in the Concho Valley.”

During the storm, a tree fell on a Suburban owned by the Runnels County Sheriff’s Department. The officer was in Miles, when the tree fell on the vehicle, said Sheriff Carl Squyres.

“She had just gone in the house to eat dinner, when it happened,” Squyres said.

There were no injuries reported and the vehicle sustained damage on the roof and to a window, he said.

Ballinger Police Chief Stan Maresch said there were high winds, but that damage throughout the city was limited to cable and phone lines.

“I’m sure they are out working today,” Maresch said Monday.

Also on Saturday, a tank battery was struck by lightning and caused a fire, Mark Bridgeman of the Winters Volunteer Fire Department reported.

The tank battery fire was reported at about 9:15 p.m. and was located three miles west of Winters on Highway 153 Bridgeman said. The fire was quickly extinguished and did not cause any subsequent fires.

“We had more lightning than wind or rain,” Bridgeman said.

Bridgeman said he saw the fire that he could see the grassfire that started in Nolan County and sent first responders to Wingate to make sure there were no fires there.

“It was the Nolan County fire we were seeing,” Bridgeman said.

The Nolan County fire is said to have been caused by lightning.

The NWS reported that golf ball size hail was reported in Roscoe. In addition, an unofficial report by a trained weather spotter cited an 87 mile per hour wind gust in Grape Creek on Saturday night.