Published: Mon, October 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Severe storms sweep through Dallas, causing heavy damage

Severe storms sweep through Dallas, causing heavy damage

In the meantime, police were going door-to-door in some neighborhoods to check on residents.

Heavy damage is reported throughout much of the Dallas area, and tens of thousands of people are without power.

According to power company Oncor, almost 112,000 customers were affected by outages.

In parts of southern Missouri, the severe weather toppled trees and power lines, damaging some homes and outbuildings.

There were no reported injuries or deaths as of early Monday morning, the city's website said.

Tornado warnings were in effect Monday morning in far eastern Arkansas near the Mississippi River as the storm system moved to the east.

Oncor said early Monday that there's no estimated time of restoration.

The Mayor of Dallas Eric Johnson said the city was "preparing to open Bachman Recreation Center" for people seeking shelter in the aftermath of the Texas storm, later adding that the Red Cross would be on site. A second set of teams will resume search efforts in daylight.

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Meanwhile, the line of storms responsible for the tornado threatened parts of the Plains with more severe weather.

Dallas Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Jason Evans said the department was responding to a structural collapse, from which seven people made it out safely.

The KNON-FM radio station went off the air as its studio suffered major damage.

Citing extensive damage to campuses, the Dallas Independent School District canceled Monday classes at six schools: David G. Burnet Elementary School, Leonides Gonzalez Cigarroa Elementary School, John J. Pershing Elementary School, Walnut Hill Elementary School, Edward H. Cary Middle School and Thomas Jefferson High School.

A tornado plowed through a miles-long swath of Dallas late Sunday - knocking out power for about 65,000 people and wrecking buildings in its wake.

Godwin said the size and severity of the tornado will not be known until crews arrive to survey the damage.

There "are trees and power lines down along with other debris" in the Dallas area, according to a tweet from the City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management.

The storm happened as multiple severe thunderstorm watches and warnings covered portions of four counties, including Dallas County, and more stormy weather was expected in the area during the overnight hours.

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