HITCHCOCK — A man and his dog were uninjured after strong winds flattened a storage structure next to his mobile home in Freddiesville on Thursday.

Buzz Zetka, 75, said he was at the sink inside his recreational vehicle in the unincorporated area between Bayou Vista and Hitchcock shortly after 2:30 p.m. when a tornado warning was issued for Galveston County.

The tornado in Freddiesville was rated an EF-0 by the National Weather Service Office Houston/Galveston with winds of 70 mph.

Zetka was getting a glass of water when he felt the mobile home begin to shake.

“I knew what it was when I felt it wobbling,” Zetka said.

Zetka said he held on to his 6-year-old shih tzu, Pretty Boy, and waited for the storm to pass.

The storage building, which Zetka said he built himself, was lifted off the ground and landed partly on top of the trailer, Galveston County Emergency Management Coordinator David Popoff said.

A large aluminum part of the structure was lifted by the strong winds and landed in power lines nearby.

The storm knocked down a fence at a house across the street in the 4600 block of Mallard. It was unconfirmed whether a tornado was responsible for the damage, Popoff said.

A rear light on the mobile home was shattered, and the vehicle moved several feet forward when the heavy winds rocked it off its base, Zetka said.

He forced the door of his mobile home open once the storm had passed, and Zetka and Pretty Boy walked away from the rubble unharmed.

Zetka said it wasn’t his first close brush with severe weather. 

He said he was living at a mobile home park in Gatesville several years ago when a storm damaged several vehicles in the park. 

“They’re supposed to love trailers,” Zetka said.

The American Red Cross arrived in Freddiesville on Thursday afternoon to assist Zetka.

In League City, the ground was so saturated at the Huntcliff Apartments, 2525 St. Christopher St., that a tree fell on top of some cars. No one was hurt.

There were several reports of downed tree limbs in other parts of the county.

No other severe damage was reported during the storm.

Contact reporter Alex Macon at 409-683-5241 or alex.macon@galvnews.com.


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