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Storm damages planes, hangars at Grayson County airport

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Powerful winds flipped a small plane upside-down at North Texas Regional Airport on May 3, 2018. (KTEN) Powerful winds flipped a small plane upside-down at North Texas Regional Airport on May 3, 2018. (KTEN)

GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas -- A powerful storm system passed through Texoma on Thursday morning, leaving some damage in its wake on both sides of the Red River.

Strong straight-line winds flipped a small plane parked near a hangar at North Texas Regional Airport. Several other aircraft and buildings were also damaged.

"It messed up several of the buildings," said hangar owner Jim Hawkins. "Some worse than this."

He said the doors of his hangar were pried open by strong winds. Damage was estimated at more than $20,000 to the building and the planes inside.

"I'm a little mad on the structure of this hangar," Hawkins said. "The way it was made, the latches let go of the door, but I don't really know if you could have had latches strong enough to hold it."

Airport director Bob Torti said there's a lot of cleanup work ahead, but insurance should cover the bulk of it.

"Our role at the airport is to support all our tenants and just to make sure there's nobody hurt," he said. "It's really sad because these people love their airplanes and love flying, and when you see damage like this it's sad on their part and our part, too," he said. "We are going to try and make it right and get them back in the air and flying again."

But it could take up to a month for all of the damage to be addressed.

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