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Homes left in ruins following Sunday twister


By Scott Harvey

– Severe weather wreaked havoc on the Northeast Texas region this weekend, with hours of showers and thunderstorms and some tornadoes reported.

Just before 6 p.m. Sunday, National Weather Service meteorologists detected a developing tornado near West Tawakoni and moving east, leading to the issuance of tornado warnings for Hunt County, and eventually Rains, Hopkins, Wood, Franklin and Titus counties.

One twister touched down south of Lone Oak near FM 513 in the Rolling Hills area. Hunt County Emergency Management Coordinator Richard Hill says at least four homes were heavily damaged, two of which were left uninhabitable. There were no injuries.

Golf-ball and baseball size hail was also reported in the tornado watch and warning zones.

There were also two other reports of rotating clouds in Hunt County, but neither were believed to have touched down.

As storms continued to move east, a number of power outages were reported. According to Oncor Spokesman Stan McKey, approximately 2,500 Sulphur Springs residents were without power at around 7:30 p.m., with dozens more in the dark east of the city.