- Several tornadoes touched down from Austin to the Texas/Oklahoma border.
- Several injuries have been reported.
- A severe weather outbreak will continue through at least Tuesday.
Several tornadoes ripped through the Interstate-35 corridor of north and central Texas and southern Oklahoma at the onset of a severe outbreak late Monday that will sweep east across the South.
(FORECAST: Severe Weather Expected to Sweep Across South)
The first potentially significant tornado of the day touched down just after 4 p.m. local time near Jacksboro, Texas, located northwest of Fort Worth. The tornado ripped through Jacksboro High School and caused some damage to the elementary school. No students at either school were hurt.
Damage spread across town. The extent of the debris field closed several roads and a local hospital and animal shelter were also damaged.
A roof on the western side of town collapsed. Several other buildings and mobile homes were also damaged.
The tornado may have stayed on the ground as it moved northeastward toward Bowie, Texas, located 30-35 miles northeast of Jacksboro. Multiple structures were damaged and the city was performing search and rescue Monday evening.
City manager Bert Cunningham said the worst damage was east of the town, with as many as four entrapments reported. Four people suffered minor injuries, Emergency Manager Kelly McNabb told the Associated Press.
Several structures were damaged in a second possible tornado that tracked near Gordon, Millsap, Paradise, Decatur.
Around 6 p.m., another tornado touched down near Round Rock, Texas, north of Austin, and crossed I-35. A tractor-trailer was overturned near the intersection of I-35 and U.S. 45.
The tornado was caught on several local television news cameras, including one that showed the tornado approaching the Kalahari resort. Debris was scattered into trees and across fields outside the resort.
Multiple cars were turned in the parking lot and trees in the area were debarked, according to KVUE.
A car was overturned in a Round Rock shopping center and two businesses were heavily damaged.
Homes were stripped of their roofs and trees were toppled over near the Dell offices.
The City of Round Rock said “debris in roadways and structural damage to multiple homes and businesses has been sighted along the path of tornados. Crews are concentrated in areas along Highway 79, Gattis School Road and Greenlawn Boulevard” in a press release Monday evening.
No injuries have been reported in Round Rock.
The storms moved eastward toward Taylor and Granger, Texas. In Taylor, a recycling plant and a house was damaged. Barns and homes were also damaged near Jonah.
In Jarrell, Texas, A storage facility and several homes were damaged near County Road 239 in a possible tornado, according to FOX7austin.com.
East of Austin, Texas, powerlines were downed and debris was lofted near Elgin, Texas, in a possible tornado. At least one home was destroyed and debris covered nearby cars. Three injuries and three rescues were reported by the city’s police chief, according to KVUE.
Elgin mayor Ron Ramirez told KVUE said “the city Elgin proper seems to have caught a break from this storm but certainly our Elgin residents to the north and south have suffered some significant damage.”
A travel trailer was lifted and dropped onto a building by the tornado.
In Kingsbury, Texas, a tornado struck north of Interstate 10 and homes were damaged between Kingsbury and Luling.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said during a news conference Monday night in suburban Austin’s Williamson County that the “devastating” storms caused significant damage but the state would stand “shoulder to shoulder” with those affected, and he was thankful that there no reports of fatalities.
“We know there are many people whose lives have been completely disrupted and people who’ve lost their homes,” Abbott said. “At the very same time… it may be a miracle also, because even though there’s been some devastating physical damage, to my knowledge, as of right now, there is no report of loss of life, which is just stunning.”
Damage to homes was reported in Kingston, Oklahoma, located west of Durant and just north of the Texas border. Police were assisting residents, according to news9.com.
Portions of this article are from the Associated Press.
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