Coleman, TX Tornado, May 1975


Coleman, Tx. (AP) -- A devastating tornado killed a minister and his wife at Coleman in West Central Texas and more than a dozen other twisters lashed down from boiling thunderstorms to menace different areas of the state during the night.
The punishing storms finally died down today, getting in some hard final licks at Southeast Texas before surging eastward into Louisiana.
Turbulent weather broke out as the latest cold front moved downstate from West Central Texas, lasting into early morning. What witnesses described as a tornado with two funnels joined to form a "V" at the bottom smashed a mobile home in killing the REV. SAMUEL G. TAYLOR, 72, and his wife at Coleman. Their home stood beside the Jehovah's Witnesses church of the minister, and that building suffered heavy damage.
There was widespread destruction elsewhere in Coleman, a town of about 5,000 residents. The two-pronged twister struck during a violent thunderstorm which dumped hail and torrential rain which filled streets curb-deep.
Although additional tornadoes spun perilously close to other towns and cities, there was no word of death or serious injury elsewhere.
State Police said two funnel clouds writhed over the Dallas suburb of Garlanti and a second pair over Northeast Dallas. Reports of still others came from near Bridgeport, Gainesville, the Sherman-Denison area and McKinney in North Texas, west and southwest of Brady and near Goldthwaite in West Central Texas, 5 miles north of Killeen and 6 miles south of Waxahachie in Central Texas, San Antonio's west side and 10 miles northwest of Victoria.
One tornado or severe thunderstorm watch after another covered most of Central and parts of East Texas from Tuesday night into this morning. There was a matching series of severe thunderstorms and flash flood warnings for North Central Texas, the north half of South Central Texas and parts of East Texas.
By this morning skies were clear west of a line across the middle of the state from Forth Worth to Del Rio. Clouds and scattered thundershowers lingered over the rest of the state, but forecasters promised a clearing trend from the west.
Temperatures in early morning ranged from 45 degrees at Dalhart in the Panhandle up to 71 at Del Rio, Brownsville and McAllen in the south.

Big Spring Journal Texas 1975-05-14