National Weather Service classifies Fannin County storm as tornado

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by CASEY NORTON

WFAA

Posted on June 14, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 14 at 8:17 PM

RANDOLPH, Texas - In addition to the hail and rain, the National Weather Service said Thursday a tornado touched down in Fannin County.

The tornado was an EF-0, which can have winds from 65-to-85 miles per hour, though the estimated winds for this storm are not yet known.

The storm hit 60 miles northeast of Dallas, between Randolph and Leonard. Families assessed the damage, finding destroyed mobile homes and outbuildings.

A 70-year-old woman was rescued from a mobile home, and some other families are starting over. Her house in Randolph is still standing, but the heavy winds knocked the breath out of Angela Gonzalez.

"We just bought this house," Gonzalez said, shaken. "We just bought this house."

She said the family was in the living room when the storm hit. The walls started to shake, and rain rushed through the ceiling.

"It was scary, it really was," she said. "I honestly thought we were going to die."

The family moved in two months ago, and doesn't have insurance.

Further south in Leonard, families woke up early to remove the massive trees that were twisted and blown over. Several mobile homes were obliterated.

A 70-year-old woman suffered a broken collarbone when her house was flattened. Clint Hinsley pulled her out from the splintered rubble.

"She said she felt the house moving, and as she felt it moving, she grabbed two cabinets and just held on for all she could," Hinsley said.

It doesn't bring Gonzalez any comfort to know the experts are calling it a tornado. She already knows she has to start the clean up, and possibly start over again.

E-mail cnorton@wfaa.com

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