The Power of the Storm
The power of the storm caused much damage to the city of Rice, south of Ennis, off Interstate Highway 45 Sunday, Oct.24. The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado touched down and caused destruction to Rice Middle School (see lower right), with an EF-2 and estimated wind speeds of up to 135 mph. The weather service stated the Rice twister carved a seven-mile damage path 100 yards wide, destroying five homes and damaging three others and the Rice public school complex. Classes are canceled for this week and they are currently working on what to do next, according to the district. Only four minor injuries were reported.