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March 15 Evening Newscast: Fannin County tornado rated EF-1 by National Weather Service

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The March 14 tornado, which struck areas around Leonard, caused major property damage, though no injuries were reported.

  • The National Weather Service confirmed today that a tornado did strike in southwestern Fannin County near Leonard Monday evening. This afternoon, the agency said that the tornado was categorized as an EF-1, with wind speeds of 90 to 95 miles per hour. Investigators said they would release details about the track of the storm once that report was complete. The tornado was part of a line of severe storms that swept across the region yesterday between 6 and 8 p.m. No injuries were reported, but major property damage occurred in the area around Leonard. National Weather Service investigators from the regional office in Fort Worth were surveying the damage in Fannin County today.
  • Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick is launching a new Texas Senate committee to address systemic failures within the state's child welfare agency. The Republican announced committee members on Friday. Patrick cited reports last week of child sex trafficking conducted by staff at a state-funded private foster care shelter in Bastrop for victims of commercial sex trafficking. The allegations were discussed at an emergency court hearing held by the federal judge who oversees the years-long lawsuit over unconstitutional conditions in Texas' foster care system. The Lieutenant Governor says the Special Committee on Child Protective Services will report its findings to the Texas Senate by December.