Strong winds destroy hangar full of private planes near Texas airport

HOUSTON, Texas -- Strong winds took down a large hangar with eight planes inside at Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas, when severe storms rolled through the area.

No one was inside the hangar when it happened, and no one was hurt, authorities said.

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Authorities say a hangar collapsed after strong winds hit it during the storms overnight.

According to HPD Lieutenant Larry Crowson, police received a call a little after midnight to assist the fire department at the hangar, owned by Jet Aviation.

The private plane hangar is located on West Monroe Road at Scranton Street.

According to meteorologist Travis Herzog, there were wind gusts of 60 miles per hour at Hobby.

A total of eight planes were damaged: four inside the hangar and four outside. Bill Begley, the public information officer at Hobby Airport, said there is millions of dollars in damage.

Hobby Airport is now working with Jet Aviation to make sure all the debris is removed from the nearest runway, which is also used by commercial planes.

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Eyewitness News reporter Courtney Fischer is on the scene where a private plane hangar has been destroyed.

There were no flight delays.

Some flights that are scheduled to take off in that area will be moved to the west side of the airport.

"There's only so much you can prepare for," said Begley. "We lease this area out to companies and they build the facilities so we're trying to support them and trying to recover what's happening here. Mother Nature can be pretty strong."

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