Tornado Damages Buildings, Cuts Power to Thousands in Dallas

A tornado struck Dallas and other parts of North Texas causing damage power outages and calls for the public to shelter in place

A tornado struck Dallas and other parts of North Texas causing damage power outages and calls for the public to shelter in place

A tornado struck areas of the city of Dallas in Texas on Sunday night, causing widespread damage and cutting electricity to thousands of homes.

The weather service has confirmed that three tornados touched down in North Texas. Straight-line winds up to 90 miles per hour were along and south of the tornado's track for much of its lifespan. However, there were no reports of deaths or serious injuries as of early Monday morning, according to the city. By the time of the press conference, that number had dropped to 55,000.

"It's O.K., God is good, he got us", said Harris.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins declared a local disaster Monday morning. Abbott's declaration Monday makes state resources available to local officials, plus waives certain regulations to allow utilities to bring in out-of-state resources.

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Bush spokesman Freddy Ford said in a statement that "the Bushes are safe and praying for their neighbors around DFW who weren't as fortunate".

Trees, power lines, and buildings could be unstable and cause damage, leading to injuries. An apartment complex and vehicle dealerships and other businesses suffered damage, but no injuries or deaths were reported.

Oncor Electric Delivery said early Monday morning that almost 112,000 Dallas-area customers were affected by power outages. Around 65,000 of the affected electric customers were in Dallas.

The city opened a shelter at 2 a.m.at the Bachman Recreation Center. The schools are all in northwest Dallas.

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The storm also forced numerous schools to close. The tornado warning for the Memphis area was canceled at about 8:45 a.m. Monday, but heavy rains and strong winds persisted.

There were several other reports of collapsed buildings and downed power lines as well as an account of a auto that was flipped on its side by the powerful storm. A second set of teams will resume search efforts in daylight. Police and Fire-Rescue were assessing damaged structures. He added that Fire Station 41, located east of the North Dallas tollway, sustained significant damage from a roof collapse due to high winds from the storm, but no firefighters at that location were injured.

The Home Depot store at 75 and Forest was also destroyed.

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