Area avoids heavy damage from storms

– The region experienced its first big scare of the severe weather season Monday night, as tornado warnings were issued for Fannin and Lamar counties.

A storm carrying high winds and spots of hail moved east along Highway 82.

At approximately 10:18 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth indicated spotters had noticed rotation within the storm. Nearly ten minutes later, a developing tornado was reported as part of a separate system just northwest of Roxton in Lamar County.

Both storms had weakened and/or moved out of the area by 11:15 p.m.

As of Tuesday morning, no reports of any power outages, structure damage or injuries had been made.

Just to the north, however, at least a couple of tornadoes left behind damage in some Southern Oklahoma counties. Five people were killed in storms that swept through the Oklahoma City and Norman areas.