Homes, Businesses Damaged in Storms

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Heavy thunderstorms moved through the area Friday night, leaving widespread damage behind. Thousands of people in Cooke County were without power.

Damage has been reported up and down Highway 82 west of I-35, including some at a car dealership. Large trees were down across the Gainesville area. Baseball-size hail fell in Whitesboro.

Power lines and debris fell in the roadway along I-35 and shut down the Interstate at milemarker 501 in Gainesville Friday night.

TXU says more than four thousand customers in Gainesville and Lyndsay were without power. Saturday, most of those customers had the power restored.

A Gainesville firefighter was injured while fighting a fire at a weather-related blaze at the Gainesville Outlet Mall. The firefighter was treated and released Friday night.

In Lindsay, the director of emergency management for Cooke County says two people were injured when their trailers were damaged. One man was flown to a Ft. Worth hospital Friday night after witnesses say his trailer rolled four times.

At a motel along I-35, an awning fell on top of a car. Motels are damaged on both sides of I-35 and Highway 82.

Hangars were damaged at the Gainesville Municipal Airport, where parked airplanes were shoved into each other by the high wind. The
airport's director says at least 15 planes were damaged at the airport, which houses about 70 aircraft.

The City of Gainesville will provide emergency shelter for those affected by the storms. Call 940-668-7777 for more information.


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