By BRAD KELLAR
Severe thunderstorms crossed Hunt County Tuesday afternoon, bringing damaging high winds and flooding rains.
Hunt County and most of northeast Texas was placed under a tornado watch Tuesday morning. As severe weather approached slowly from the west, area schools — likely keeping in mind the tragedy which resulted when a massive tornado hit Moore, Okla. Monday — started releasing their classes early.
Hunt County was placed under a severe thunderstorm warning at around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. The storms carried winds in excess of 60 mph and small hail, but fortunately no tornadoes.
Personnel from the Tawakoni South Volunteer Fire Department reported spotting a tornado along FM 429 in the far south part of Hunt County, although the twister was not confirmed.
“The National Weather Service is reporting heavy straight-line winds but no tornado,” said Hunt County Division of Emergency Management Director Richard Hill.
Power lines and tree limbs were blown down throughout the county and homes in the Royse City and Caddo Mills areas reported some roof and fence damage. Hill said two barns along County Road 2630 were also damaged by the winds.
Several locations reported rains of more than two inches from the storms, which created some flooding issues. The Greenville Fire Department responded to a submerged vehicle in the area of Washington and Bois d’Arc streets and Hunt County remained under a flood advisory as of Tuesday evening.
The storms also cooled temperatures considerably. Majors Field Municipal Airport in Greenville reported 82 degrees at 2:55 p.m. and 68 degrees as of 3:35 p.m. Tuesday.