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9:42p: The American Red Cross now says its shelter for storm victims will open at 10 p.m. Wednedsay at the Van Zandt County Fairgrounds at the intersection of State Highway 64 and FM 243 in Canton. Any residents who need a safe place to stay tonight are welcome to come to the shelter, said Red Cross spokeswoman Anita Foster in a statement. She added that dozens of homes in Van Zandt and Hopkins counties are believed to have been damaged in the storm.
- WFAA-TV staff

8:49p: American Red Cross teams in Van Zandt and Hopkins counties report they have encountered some families whose homes were damaged by the late afternoon storm. Spokeswoman Anita Foster said the Red Cross is working to open a shelter and added that damage assessment teams will begin work at daybreak.
- WFAA-TVstaff

8:36p: Oncor has removed the live power lines that toppled across Interstate 20 in Canton during the storm and the highway has reopened to traffic. Only 60 customers remain without power in Canton, but an unknown number of others in the area may still be blacked out as a result of the damaging winds.
- WFAA-TV staff

8:32p: News 8 viewer Karen Hair took a dramatic photo of what appears to be a funnel cloud from her home northeast of Canton. It was exciting to see it, she said. Click here to see her photo.
- staff

8:06p: The National Weather Service has reduced the area of a tornado watch to include Cooke, Fannin and Grayson counties in North Central Texas; Dallas-Fort Worth and adjacent counties are no longer part of the alert.
- National Weather Service

8:06p: News 8 viewers have been sending photos and video clips depicting hail ranging from the size of quarters in Sulphur Springs to a three-inch diameter chunk in Heath. Click here for the photos.
- staff

7:20p: All tornado warnings have now expired in the Channel 8 viewing area. Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding counties remain under a tornado watch until 10:30 p.m.
- staff

6:36p: A tornado warning has been issued for Hopkins County until 7:15 p.m. Doppler radar is indicating that another tornado is developing near Sulphur Springs. There are reports of one-inch hail associated with the storm, moving to the northeast at 30 mph.
- Pete Delkus, WFAA Chief Meteorologist


Canton police told News 8 there is major damage to part of the city near the First Monday Trade Days as a result of a late afternoon storm.

The area had been under a tornado warning. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

We also have several houses hit out in the northeast section of the county, and it's very hard for us to get to them at this time because of the downed trees, said Sheriff Pat Burnett.

Oh, boy, said the sheriff, who was speaking to News 8 on the phone. We can't get down 1255; it's completely blocked by a major tree.

Live pictures from HD Chopper 8 showed damage to a gas station at Interstate 20 and Highway 19 in Canton. Trafic in both directions of the Interstate was halted because of power lines down across the highway.

There was structural damage to a Dairy Queen restaurant and to a Circle K convenience store at that intersection.

We had about five or six buildings that were damaged, Canton Mayor Rusty Wilson told News 8. We were very fortunate that we had no injuries, but there's quite a bit of damage.

At least two trucks were flipped on their sides, and several signs were toppled. Power was knocked out in the area.

It moved through very, very violently, said HD Chopper 8 pilot Troy Bush.

We've got as many people responding as we can, Sheriff Burnett said. We've got reports of two houses being hit -- one of them at least has children in it, and that's all I can tell you; we haven't got to them yet.

WFAA-TVChief Meteorologist Pete Delkus said winds of 80 mph or more were reported in the area during the storm.

Baseball-size hail was reported west of Canton.

The Van Zandt County Sheriff's office was checking reports of widespread damage in Grand Saline and in Van.

A tornado watch for Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding counties in in effect until 10 p.m.

In addition, a severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Dallas, Kaufman and Rockwall counties until 5:30 p.m. The storm carries with it the potential for hail ranging up to the size of quarters.

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