– A day of persistent, severe thunderstorms in North Texas continued deep into the night in East Texas, spawning tornadoes that caused widespread damage in at least one county.
Officials say multiple suspected tornadoes late last night ravaged the area in and around the East Texas town of Crockett, about 130 miles north of Houston. Confirmed tornadoes were also reported earlier in the day near Abilene, and twisters were spotted in Ellis County, south of Dallas.
Greenville – Prison sentences have been issued in an oil fraud case in connection to a Wolfe City oil company.
Chad Michael Hayes, of McKinney, was convicted by a jury on 17 felony counts last Thursday.
He received 25 years in prison on the securities fraud charge, and 10 years in prison on each of the remaining counts, with the sentences to run concurrently. Hayes was also ordered to pay $372,000 in restitution to the victims.
– Oncor was reporting scattered outages this afternoon mainly in Collin, Fannin, Lamar and Hopkins counties as severe storms continue to abuse the region.
A handful of severe thunderstorm warnings had been issued for parts of the listening region, as storms followed a northeasterly track from south of Dallas-Fort Worth up across the Red River into Southeastern Oklahoma. Hail has been reported in a number of communities, including Rockwall, Bonham and Cooper.
Yantis – Opponents of the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline that would run through parts of East Texas are holding a town hall meeting Monday night in Yantis regarding the Department of State's recent supplemental environmental impact statement.
Eddie Radillo is a member of STOP (Stop Tar Sands Oil Pipeline).
– The Texas Department of Transportation has delayed putting traffic on a newly constructed section of U.S. Highway 380 until Monday.
The section runs from 0.3 miles East of FM 903 to the KCS railroad crossing in Greenville. For the next six months, motorists will be directed to travel on this new roadway while the existing 380 highway and bridges are reconstructed.