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Storms bring heavy rains, winds, hail to region

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By Scott Harvey

– A day of persistent, severe thunderstorms in North Texas continued deep into the night in East Texas, spawning tornadoes that caused widespread damage in at least one county.

Officials say multiple suspected tornadoes late last night ravaged the area in and around the East Texas town of Crockett, about 130 miles north of Houston. Confirmed tornadoes were also reported earlier in the day near Abilene, and twisters were spotted in Ellis County, south of Dallas.

Locally, several residents reported up to quarter-size hail Monday afternoon, notably in eastern Hunt and Hopkins counties.

"The winds were extremely sideways," said Linda, calling from Cooper Lake State Park's South Sulphur Unit. "It was actually blowing the rain off of the truck."

Callers also reported rain that, at times, was so heavy it was blinding.

This Campbell resident told KETR, "This is my second hail in the last 15 or 20 minutes."

According to Oncor, there were few power outages in the area as of early this morning. There were no immediate reports of any significant damage or injuries locally.

The largest hail appeared to be in the Mount Pleasant area which measured 1.25 inches. The heaviest rainfall was reported at Paris with 4 1/3 inches.