A series of storms left a path of damage across North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field Thursday morning. Officials with the airport said there were no injuries, but strong winds lead to power outages and damage to several structures and aircraft across the airport.
“I was sitting in my office at about 10 a.m., and it was raining very hard when we got a report of damage on the north side,” NTRA Director Bob Torti said Thursday. “The fire department was dispatched and we jumped in a truck to assess the damage.”
Torti said the damage was primarily to two hangars that were struck by nearly 50 mph winds. In the case of one of the hangars, Torti said the wind caught one aircraft and “threw it from one end of the hangar to another.” The door to the hangar was blown out by the heavy winds and came to rest on top of the overturned aircraft.
Torti said he has spoken to the owner of the aircraft, who said it will likely be totaled out.
A second hangar was also damaged by the winds, which blew out the building and did damage to parts and aircraft inside.
The storm also knocked transformers off telephone poles on the northern side of the airport, leading to outages, Torti said. After consulting with Oncor representatives, Torti said it will likely be a day before power is fully restored.
Calls to Oncor for comment on the weather damage were not immediately returned Thursday.
Mike Livezey, operations manager for the Lake Texoma Jet Center said employees were cleaning up the damage from the storm by early afternoon. While no aircraft were damaged at the jet center, Livezey said some sheet metal on the exterior of the building was damaged.
Grayson County Office of Emergency Management Director Sarah Somers said she had not received any other reports of significant damage following Thursday’s storms.