The Marion County, Texas, Sheriff's Office confirms a woman is dead after severe weather overnight at Brushy Creek campground at Lake O' the Pines just west of Jefferson, Texas. (Source: Christian Piekos/KSLA News 12)
Patricia Nall said her brother Leon Foster, of Longview, Texas, and his wife rode out the storm in their camper. "They are very thankful to be alive." (Source: KSLA News 12 viewer Leon Foster)
(Source: KSLA News 12)
National Weather Service surveyors have determined that the damage at Brushy Creek campground west-southwest of Jefferson, Texas, was caused by straight-line winds of up to 80 to 90 mph. (Source: KSLA News 12)
MARION COUNTY, TX (KSLA) -
Authorities have released the name of the Houston area woman who was killed during a severe storm overnight while camping in East Texas.
Mary Pinney, 40, from Mont Belvieu, Texas, died when she was struck by large tree that fell on the family's tent at Brushy Creek campsite, Marion County, Texas, Sheriff David McKnight said.
The campground is on the south side of Lake O' the Pines about 11 miles west-southwest of Jefferson.
Pinney's husband was taken to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
The couple's three children also were in the tent but were not hurt, the sheriff said.
Pinney is one of two people killed when a line of severe thunderstorms scoured East Texas.
The National Weather Service says another half dozen people were hurt when the storm hit the campground at 11:55 p.m. Saturday.
"Many children and teenagers were present and getting an apparent jump start on next week’s spring break," McKnight said. "There were a few more minor and moderately injured that were transported to hospitals by private vehicle. But the exact number has not been determined."
A team from the Weather Service's Shreveport office assessed the damage Sunday then issued its preliminary findings that afternoon.
The severe thunderstorm tracked southeast across Lake O' the Pines, producing a swath of straight-line wind damage across the south side of the lake.
The majority of the damage occurred at Brushy Creek, where numerous trees were snapped or uprooted by an 80-mph to 90-mph downburst.
Several trees landed on campers, tents and vehicles.