Storms Batter North Texas With Severe Wind, Hail

Storms battered North Texas with wind up to 100 mph and hail the size of baseballs, damaging buildings and slamming parked airplanes into each other at an airport.

"When you have winds from 80 to 100 mph it can do damage similar to that of a tornado," said Jesse Moore, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "That can do some very, very big damage."

No major injuries were reported in the storms late Friday, said Police Chief Carl Dunlap.

However, trees were blown over and vehicles and buildings were damaged throughout the city, Dunlap said. A couple of mobile homes were severely damaged, he said.

Hangars were damaged at the Gainesville Municipal Airport and parked airplanes were shoved into each other by the high wind, said Airport Director Matt Quick.

At least 15 planes were damaged at the airport where about 70 aircraft are based, Quick said Saturday morning. Damage was still being assessed, he said.

In addition to the storms north of the Dallas-Fort Worth area late Friday, violent weather also struck near Waco and east of the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the Canton area, Moore said.