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.
My coworker took this video of the tornado, I’m shook 🤯 pic.twitter.com/nPObcO02sI
— Jenni 🌻 (@jennifer_atm) October 21, 2019
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 #txwx pic.twitter.com/kPHgnqEHfl
— Ken Molestina (@cbs11ken) October 21, 2019
Whoa… Insane view of Dallas tornado, that moved through moments ago. pic.twitter.com/Uzmzy2JGBA
— Dakota Smith (@weatherdak) October 21, 2019
One fire station also appeared to be significantly damaged with a collapsed roof and debris all around.
@DallasFireRes_q #Station41 sustained significant damage during the last night’s/this morning’s storms. Thankfully no injuries to any of the firefighters inside. @CityOfDallas@DallasOEM @DallasPD pic.twitter.com/mc6KPPux8Y
— DALLAS FIRE-RESCUE (@DallasFireRes_q) October 21, 2019
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