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

Tornado Rips Through Dallas; 1 Dead in Arkansas Amid Storms

Tornado Rips Through Dallas; 1 Dead in Arkansas Amid Storms

The tornado touched down near Dallas Love Field Sunday and moved east to northeast. A second set of teams were to resume search efforts in daylight.

In northwest Arkansas, one person died when a tree fell on a home in Rogers, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock, according to the Benton County Department of Public Safety.

Video footage on Twitter showed collapsed roofs, overturned cars and homes reduced to piles of debris in the wake of the twister in Richardson, Texas, a northeast suburb of Dallas.

Morris - whose own vehicle was covered by a tree - said the third staff member took shelter in a stairwell.

Meanwhile, the line of storms responsible for the tornado threatened parts of the Plains with more severe weather. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson confirmed the fatality and said "significant storm damage" occurred in northwest Arkansas.

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

The pictures were originally shared by local reporter Jason Whitely, who wrote: 'Before and after images of home near Dallas North Tollway and Royal Lane in North Dallas - that was badly damaged during the tornado tonight'. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth labeled the tornado "a life-threatening situation", indicating "complete destruction is possible".

Six schools across the Dallas Independent School District canceled classes Monday due to the extensive damage some of the campuses sustained in the storm, the district tweeted.

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"The power went out first", Morris said.

A lot of damage has happened along the 635 road in North Dallas.

Almost 140,000 electric customers were without power as of 4 a.m., according to Oncor's online outage map. At the height of the storm, winds knocked out electricity to 100,000 customers.

City of Dallas Office of Emergency Mgmt. says Emergency Ops. Fire-Rescue's own Station 41 was left "uninhabitable" when high winds stripped the roof and other parts, but no firefighters were injured.

More than 167,000 electric customers were without power across Texas as of 6:30 a.m. local time.

The City of Dallas issued a request for residents to avoid downed power lines and call 911 or Oncor at 888-313-4747.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

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