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Red River Valley again falls victim to storms

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By Scott Harvey

– Crews were assessing damages Friday morning after yet another line of severe storms pushed through the region Thursday night, the second time this week.

Early reports indicate some of the most notable damage occurred in the Red River Valley near Honey Grove, where residents were believed to have experienced 80-plus mph winds and hail.

Fannin and Lamar counties were threatened for much of the evening as tornado warnings were issued just after 10 p.m. Hundreds were still without power in those two counties as of 5:30 a.m., according to Oncor, with dozens more in the dark in other parts of the region. This same portion of the state was hammered by strong storms just one week ago.

Dan, from Quinlan, tells KETR, "We stood and watched as at least two transformers blew and saw a lot of electricity in the air. We had marble-sized hail and a lot of strong wind."

This Paris resident, traveling through Clarksville at the time of the storms, says he took cover at a car wash until the activity weakened. "We did not see any hail. But we did notice it appeared that there was large flash floods; thunderstorms."

The storms were part of the southern tip of a long line of severe weather that predominantly effected Oklahoma and later Arkansas. As of 10 a.m., officials were reporting six deaths in the two states. Two people were killed and a dozen injured in Tushka, some two hours southeast of Oklahoma City, when tornadoes swept through the town of about 350 people. Four more people were killed early Friday morning, including a six-year-old bod, in western Arkansas.