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Crops destroyed, trees uprooted, roads flooded near Knott

Fields remained waterlogged nearly a day after the storm passed. (Source: KWES) Fields remained waterlogged nearly a day after the storm passed. (Source: KWES)
North County Road 9 looked - and smelled - like a swamp following Tuesday night's hail storm. (Source: KWES) North County Road 9 looked - and smelled - like a swamp following Tuesday night's hail storm. (Source: KWES)
Homeowners across Howard and Martin Counties woke up to extensive yard damage. (Source: KWES) Homeowners across Howard and Martin Counties woke up to extensive yard damage. (Source: KWES)
HOWARD COUNTY, TX (KWES) -

Golf ball-sized hail and violent wind gusts stripped cotton fields and uprooted trees Tuesday night across Howard and Martin Counties.

"I was so scared, I wanted to cry," said FM 2230 resident Maria Martinez-Ramirez. "[The wind] pushed the window [open] and knocked me down off the sofa."

Powerful winds ripped apart her backyard furniture and smashed through her wood fence, she added.

Sandy Martinez, a business owner in Knott, estimated the overnight storm left her "barn house country store" with more than $800 of damage.

"It knocked down a side wall and flooded the whole place," she said. "We were closed today because Internet and power are still out."

Cotton fields south of the Farmers Co-Op Gin in Knott remained submerged in inches of flood water Wednesday evening.

Workers said several area farms "looked to have lost their entire crop" but added the full extent of storm damage was unclear.

A stretch of North County Road 9 bordering waterlogged cotton fields, north of County Road 40, remained closed Wednesday due to extensive flooding.

"We haven't seen anything like this in months," one driver said. "It really came out of nowhere."

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