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Storms and rain plague Ellis County

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There was a rainbow through all this weather
ERIC CORNELISON
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ELLIS COUNTY - A storm system with strong winds damaged around a dozen homes through Ellis County and was expected to produce additional bouts of showers throughout the rest of the week.

'It looks like for today mostly a heavy rain event,' said Jessica Schultz, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

'If any severe weather does develop, it will be very isolated.'

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth issued a statement Tuesday morning advising North Texas would remain under a flash flood watch through Wednesday morning.

A moist air mass stalled over the region was expected to produce a chance of rain through early next week, albeit diminishing some each day, the NWS said.

The Ellis County Sheriff's Department reported 10 to 15 homes were damaged as the storm moved through shortly before 3 a.m.

Most of the destruction appeared to be between trailer homes and older buildings, but were not limited to those residences.

Schultz said the storm between Decatur and Slidell showed rotation on the radar, but it was too early to determine whether a tornado or straight-line winds caused the damage.

The Red Cross said it had identified two homes that sustained heavy wind damage in Wise County, but that the agency would wait for daylight to make a more complete assessment.

Some street flooding was reported in the usual areas of Ellis County and road were blocked off to prevent anyone from traveling them.

Schultz said this June could become one of the 10 wettest on record.

Some 6.5 inches of rain have fallen, with more expected through Saturday.

The wettest June was in 1928, when 11.5 inches fell. No. 10 on the list is 1923, when 6.74 inches were recorded.

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