(KTEN) — Many locations across Texoma were pelted by strong wind and hail in Thursday night's storms.

In parts of Marshall County, powerful gusts knocked utility poles to the ground. In Fannin County, some farm buildings in Leonard were destroyed by winds.

"We had one cell, a super cell, that was coming out of the Bells or Savoy area that tracked to the northeast, north of the Red River, north of the Ravenna area, through Mulberry, back to Telephone, back across toward the river by area, where Fannin and Lamar meet, and it tracked into Oklahoma," said Fannin County Emergency Management coordinator Troy Hudson.

Fannin County Emergency Management said some 5,000 homes and businesses lost power during Thursday night's storm. By Friday afternoon, all service had been restored.

"There's some significant damage to agriculture... farms, barns, sheds, small outbuildings, some minor roof damage," Hudson said. "We're still collecting information and going out and doing some damage assessments. County Commissioners were out trying to clear roads. I know TxDOT's been out last night and trying to clear out some of the farm-to-market roads and some of the highways. So there is quite a bit of tree damage."

KTEN meteorologists said hail was the main issue in Sherman. Many saw ping-pong ball sized hail, with up to 2 inches of accumulation in some locations. 

The National Weather Service said the damage in Bryan and Marshall counties was due to straight-line winds up to 100 miles per hour.

"At this time, wind-blown hail damage, at approximately 6 to 10 structures that have received wind and hail," said Marshall County Emergency Management director C. Daniel Nixon. "We had a few power poles that were blown down in the central part of the county."

Nixon encouraged citizens to stay alert and informed.

"Everyone needs at least two or three sources to receive weather information and to be weather-aware this time of year in Oklahoma," he said.


Driving conditions on U.S. 82 in Sherman on March 2, 2023.