Power out for more than 100,000 after Dallas tornado damages homes, downs trees

2019-10-21 08:47:49

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.


One fire station also appeared to be significantly damaged with a collapsed roof and debris all around.

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.

Contributing: The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Dallas tornado: Oncor says power out for 100,000; homes damaged

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