Power out for more than 100,000 after Dallas tornado damages homes, downs trees
A tornado touched down in Dallas, Texas, leaving thousands without power and damaging homes.
Thousands homes and businesses were without power in East Texas Monday after severe storms near Dallas ripped off roofs and downed power lines
At least one tornado was confirmed to have touched down in northern Dallas Sunday evening, the National Weather Service said.
No serious injuries or fatalities were reported, the city said in a news release early Monday. Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans told the Associated Press, though, three people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
As emergency crews assess the extent of the storms’ power, photos on social media showed that the twister damaged some buildings, breaking glass and downing trees. Most of the damage within Dallas appeared to be limited to the northwest.
This is the scene at Walnut Hill and Monroe in NW Dallas. This is awful! Search and Rescue efforts are underway in this area now. Crews going door to door. Stay clear of this area and say a prayer for these folks. @CBSDFW#DallasTornado#txwxpic.twitter.com/kPHgnqEHfl
Evans said seven people escaped a structure that collapsed in northwest Dallas, but Dallas Fire-Rescue was searching to see if anyone was left inside. WFAA-TV reported that a convenience store collapsed in the storm, but the clerk told the station that everyone who was inside made it out safely.
According to electric utility Oncor, more 100,000 customers were without power as of 6:30 a.m. Earlier Monday, the city said 65,000 people in Dallas alone were without power.
At least six schools were to be closed Monday morning, the city said on Twitter.
A line of storms was still moving southeast of the city early Monday, the weather service said, but no severe weather was forecast for the rest of the day in the area. Parts of eastern Texas, northwestern Louisiana and southwestern Arkansas remained under tornado watch Monday.
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, said that areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee could see severe thunderstorms later Monday
Damage was also reported in parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas, with tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power, including the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in Highfill.