Tornadoes hit Northeast Texas, destroying multiple homes

Tornadoes hit Northeast Texas, destroying multiple homes

Severe weather blew across North Texas Friday afternoon and into the early stages of the night. Multiple homes were damaged when a storm system, including damaging winds, heavy rain, hail and tornadoes, barreled east during the evening.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for much of North Texas, including Dallas County, that expired at 8 p.m. The 36-county watch in Texas extended as far north as Oklahoma to parts of Arkansas.

Multiple confirmed tornadoes touched down overnight, including one over the Point, 17 miles southeast of Greenville, headed for Sulfur Springs.

At least one house was destroyed by the tornado southwest of the city, KXAS-TV(NBC5) reporter Allie Spillards reported. She said the homeowner told her he and his wife were in a pickup truck getting ready to go to dinner when the tornado hit.

“Amazing both are fine apart from a small cut from broken glass,” she tweeted.

The storm system continued near the East Texas cities of New Boston, Naples, Brookston and Paris.

Paris News confirmed “significant” damage to the small rural community of Powderly. The tornado left a “mile-long trail of destruction” in an area about 10 miles north of Paris, the publication said.

Paris is 105 miles northeast of Dallas.

“We’re still accessing that information and we don’t have any information to provide at this time,” said Diane Nation, public information officer at Paris Regional Medical Center. The Paris News.

Several tornado warnings were issued throughout the D-FW region Friday, but all reported tornadoes were northeast of the Dallas area.

Oncor reported about 500 outages with most in North Texas around 5:17 PM Outages affected over 17,000 customers.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were extended earlier this afternoon for areas that included Dallas, Plano, Garland Fort Worth, Denton, Lewisville, Mesquite, DeSoto and Lancaster.

Earlier in the day, Governor Greg Abbott increased the degree of readiness Texas State Emergency Operations Center to Level II.

This escalated response designation activates state resources to support local emergency services.

“The state of Texas continues to prepare resources to protect Texans from the severe weather threats affecting our state, and we urge Texans to follow the guidance of their emergency officials to protect themselves and their loved ones,” Abbott said in a statement.

The storm system spurred cancellation of 300 flights from DFW International and Dallas Love Field airportss.

A to watch means that the current conditions are suitable for severe weather. A warning means bad weather is happening.

You can find more information about weather readiness here.

The National Weather Service warned motorists to never take cover under an overpass. Instead, drivers should take shelter in the nearest solid building.

Texans are encouraged to report damage when the storm passes using the Texas State Individual Assessment Tool at damage.tdem.texas.gov.

Extreme weather is coming on last day of early voting. Polls in Dallas County are open until 9 p.m

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