Confirmed tornado in Fannin County

By: Morgan Downing Email
By: Morgan Downing Email

FANNIN COUNTY, TX -- A National Weather Service team assessed thunderstorm damage across Fannin County (Thursday) afternoon. The team determined that a brief tornado occurred approximately one mile to the north of the city of Randolph. The tornado produced EF0 damage to homes, barns and crops. Highest wind speeds in the tornado were approximately 85 miles per hour. In addition to the damage to homes, several large trees were snapped in the area near County Road 4145 and County Road 4160.

While a tornado has been confirmed, the bulk of the damage in Fannin County was determined to be from straight line wind damage. A large swath of damage stretched from near Randolph to near Leonard in southern Fannin County. Within this swath of damage, which included homes and farm buildings, the wind speeds were estimated to be between 85 and 95 miles per hour.

Fannin County suffered heavy damage, especially Randolph.

We saw mobile homes with roofs ripped off and tree limbs scattered everywhere, as well as on power lines.

The power was out in Randolph until about eight this morning. Crews are continuing to clean up the damage.

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  • by Storm Spotter Location: SW Fannin Co. on Jun 16, 2012 at 01:00 AM
    "I don't understand why these people did not have a warning or even a thunderstorm watch!!" A Severe thunderstorm warning was issued on this storm by the NWS. My Weather radio went off on this. Storm spotter were on the storm quickly, in fact a Fannin County Storm spotter did confirm the Tornado on the ground which FCSO did broadcast. The main problem is that Randolph does not have a warning siren which cost between 10 and 30 thousand dollars. Leonard does have one but it cover the central portion of the city and is so old has to be manually activated. Fannin County did activate its New CODE RED alert system but we the public have to sign up for it on the County website. There is never enough notification on Tornado's primarily because radar doesn't always show the Actual tornado, it just gives signs. The NWS rely on Storm Spotters for better verification or confirmation. Communications with the NWS in Ft. Worth are complex and complicated and require a station in Fannin county to monitor. If you want to help, get your Ham radio license or figure out how to boost the counties Tax revenue to pay for sirens and alerting systems.
  • by Linda Location: Randolph cr 4160 on Jun 15, 2012 at 08:16 PM
    came home from church - just before storm hit. Husband watched the tree to the west of the house lay down facing south, then lifted up straight and finally ending up facing north west. Didn't realize it was a tornado - til this morning - but thought it odd that barns and trees were laid out in multiple directions.
  • by anonymous Location: Bonham,tx. on Jun 15, 2012 at 01:57 PM
    I don't understand why these people did not have a warning or even a thunderstorm watch!!
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      by Steven on Jun 15, 2012 at 03:42 PM in reply to anonymous
      Its Fannin County. Our Office of Emergency Management is non existant. I get most of my sever storm updates from Graysons Facebook page. Whoever is running it is amazing.
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