RUNNELS COUNTY – Severe weather that moved into Runnels County was no joke on April 1 and officials with the Ballinger Police Department and the National Weather Service in San Angelo confirmed there was rotation.

RUNNELS COUNTY – Severe weather that moved into Runnels County was no joke on April 1 and officials with the Ballinger Police Department and the National Weather Service in San Angelo confirmed there was rotation.

The funnel cloud was originally spotted between 6:30 and 7 p.m. south of the Ballinger Airport by Police Chief Stan Maresch.

“I originally spotted the rotation and saw a dust cloud below it,” Maresch recalled.

Maresch then contacted City Manager Bryan Grimes and the official tornado siren was dispatched to warn citizens of the tornado.

Grimes said Monday that while most heard the siren, it could not be heard throughout the city.

“We will have to check our siren and make sure that everyone can hear it,” Grimes said.

In fact, the siren will be tested the first Wednesday of each month through August.

Maresch said the tornado did not officially touch down in Ballinger and there was no damage from the tornado, however, golf ball size hail was reported during the storm and caused damage to homes and vehicles.

The NWS said the tornado or rotation, was the result of a super cell that moved over the area from U.S. Highway 67 and traveled from Ballinger to Brownwood.

There was also large hail and a possible tornado sighting in Rowena, NWS officials reported.

“A tornado touched down around Voss in Coleman County,” said Adam Wiley, a meteorologist with the NWS.

In addition, there was a tornado spotted on the ground near the community of Fisk, which is on Highway 283 in Coleman County. Softball size hail was reported in Santa Anna and Valera, officials said.

Wiley said some localized flooding was reported in Santa Anna.

The last time a tornado was reported in Runnels County was April 24, 2016, Wiley said. The tornado was spotted in the northeastern part of Runnels County east of Winters.

There were two accidents reported during the storm including one in Winters and another on Highway 83. Details of the accidents were unavailable at press time.