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June 10, 2014

Storms not severe, but strong enough

GREENVILLE — They weren’t classified as severe, but the powerful thunderstorms which crossed North Texas between late Friday night and early Monday morning packed quite a punch just the same.

High winds associated with the storms caused damage to buildings and resulted in scattered power outages across the area.

And while Greenville officially recorded a modest rainfall total, residents in some areas of the county reported significant amounts in their backyards.

Although there were no severe thunderstorm warnings issued for Hunt County in connection with the storms, at least two “out buildings” — a barn and a tractor shed —  along FM 2874, near the Intersection of FM 512, were destroyed overnight according to Hunt County Director of Homeland Security/Emergency Management Coordinator Richard Hill.

“The National Weather Service is reporting we had a maximum wind gust of 47 miles per hour,” Hill said. “I’m going to say we had winds higher than that.”

Several hundred people served by FEC Electric and Oncor Electric lost power overnight.

FEC Electric reported that as of 10:30 a.m. Monday there were 1,120 customers without power. Two hours later the total had been reduced to 12 outages, affecting 124 customers.

Most of the outages were reported in Hunt and Collin counties with smaller outages in Rains, Rockwall, Hopkins, Kaufman, Delta and Dallas counties.

Several trees were reported toppled in and near Commerce due to the storms, although Hill said there was no indication of any tornadic activity.

“I’m sure it was straight line winds,” Hill said.

Damage from high winds was also reported at several homes and businesses in Rockwall County, with fences and signs blown down and some roofs receiving minor damage.

There was one power outage reported in the Kayway and Rabb streets neighborhoods in Greenville early Monday morning, although officials with GEUS said there was no indication it was storm-related.

And a lightning strike may have been responsible for a house fire Monday morning in the area of State Highway 276 and Telephone Road in West Tawakoni.

Majors Field, the City of Greenville Municipal Airport, recorded an official total of 36-hundredths of an inch between 10:15 p.m. Sunday and 2:15 p.m. Monday. Herald-Banner readers, including some who live a short distance away from the airport, reported receiving two inches or more of rain in their gauges overnight.

The storms has moved out of the area as of Monday evening, followed by much cooler and drier air. The low temperature was expected to dip to 60 degrees by this morning. There is another chance of rain in the forecast between Thursday and Friday morning.

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