Confirmed tornado in Fannin County

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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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