- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

MOUNT VERNON, Texas (AP) - Powerful thunderstorms in East Texas have caused some damage and injured at least two residents of a badly damaged home.

The storms Saturday afternoon brought strong winds and reports of tornadoes.

Chief Deputy Chris Mars of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said the shattered house where the two were injured north of Winnsboro, about 95 miles northeast of Dallas. There was no immediate word on their condition.

About 40 miles to the south, in Lindale, a storm damaged about 50 homes. Deputy Smith County Fire Marshal Eric Lowry said six had major damage. No injuries were reported, but Mayor Robert Nelson issued a disaster declaration for the city.

The mayor urged people to avoid the damage area.

The areas were under tornado warnings at the time of the damage.

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