A large amount of hail, such as this sitting in Kim Espinoza's hand, was reported.Hail, damaged trees reported. SUBMITTED

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

Severe thunderstorms blew through the Palito Blanco area on Sunday, knocking over trees and causing severe damage to several homes in the community.

Jason Runyen, a representative with the National Weather Service, said a damage assessment conducted by the NWS on Monday determined that although several residents reported tornado damage, the damage was caused by 60 to 70 mile per hour "straight-line" wind from the thunderstorms.

"Now those wind speeds can get up as high as tornado winds," Runyen said. "They were tornado strength winds, they just weren't caused by a tornado."

Runyen said the path of destruction left by the severe winds was four miles long and two miles wide, beginning just west of Palito Blanco and ending just east of the community.