A tornado left a miles-long trail of heavy damage from northwest Dallas to Richardson late Sunday, and the National Weather Service was investigating reports that other funnel clouds had hit the area.
The city of Dallas said early Monday that there had been no reports of deaths or serious injuries. First responders had been going door to door in some neighborhoods to check on residents. Police and fire crews began assessing damaged structures through the night.
Parts of northern Dallas, including the Love Field area, were hit especially hard.
The National Weather Service will survey the damage Monday and confirm the storm’s strength, but some early estimates suggested wind speeds were well over 100 mph.
The weather service confirmed two tornadoes early Monday afternoon. The first was an EF-1 tornado in Rowlett, with estimated wind speeds of up to 100 mph. The second was an EF-0 north of Wills Point in Van Zandt County, with estimated winds of 80 mph.
DALLAS (AP) — A tornado tore homes and businesses apart in a densely populated area of Dallas, where only minor injuries were reported, but a person was killed by a falling tree in northwest Arkansas as a late-night series of storms caused chaos in several states.
Radar confirmed the tornado struck near Dallas Love Field Airport around 9 p.m. Sunday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Godwin. There were no reports of fatalities or serious injuries in Texas on Monday, but Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans says three people were hospitalized for evaluation of injuries that were not life-threatening. Tens of thousands of people were without electricity. Dallas Love Field spokesman Chris Perry said the airport was not damaged in the storm.
Tornado warnings were in effect Monday morning in far eastern Arkansas near the Mississippi River as the storm system moved to the east. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee could see severe thunderstorms later Monday.
If you’re in western Texas and think you might have felt the earth rumble, you could be right. A cluster of three earthquakes was detected on Sunday in the span of just over six hours, the United States Geological Survey says.
The first quake, a magnitude 2.5, hit just after 8:05 a.m. Central time and was centered roughly 40 miles west of Mentone, a town of about19 near the border of Texas and New Mexico, the USGS reported.