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March 15 Morning Newscast: Possible tornado reported near Leonard Monday evening

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Buildings in southwetsern Fannin County were destroyed, though no injuries were reported. National Weather Service investigators are expected to survey southern Fannin County today.

Last night’s severe weather in Northeast Texas included a possible tornado near Leonard. Today, ational Weather Service investigators are expected to arrive in southern Fannin County to take a look at the aftermath of last night’s severe orms. Dallas-Fort Worth and Texoma TV stations have reported damage to buildings along State Highway 78 and FM 981. The damage includes downed trees strewn across the landscape as well as scattered metal from destroyed out-buildings. A video posted at WFAA.com showed a funnel cloud near Leonard Monday evening, though the funnel did not touch ground in the video. Power outages were reported in and around Leonard. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported. Whether Monday night's damage in Fannin County was caused by straight-line winds or a tornado will not be confirmed until later today, when the National Weather Service assesses the situation and its damage.

Elsewhere around the region, in Rockwall and other areas near Lake Ray Hubbard, large amounts of hail fell Monday evening, though city officials said no major damage resulted from the storm. Reports from Fannin, eastern Collin, and Rockwall counties described hail ranging from an inch to one and three-quarters of an inch in diameter.