Weather Service Confirms At Least 4 Tornadoes Struck North Texas On Monday
The National Weather Service in Fort Worth confirms several tornadoes struck North Texas on Monday night.
A storm survey crew confirmed an EF-2 tornado occurred northwest of the town of Blum, which is about 45 miles south of Fort Worth.
"Our storm survey crew has confirmed an EF-2 tornado with estimated 130 mph wind speeds occurred northwest of the town of Blum in far northwestern Hill County around 7:25 pm Monday evening," the service said in a tweet.
Another EF-2 tornado with winds up to 120 miles per hour hit Ellis County near Waxahachie around 8:45 p.m., crossing Interstate 35-E. Weaker tornadoes, classified as EF-0, hit parts of Hood County, Johnson County and northern Collin County.
Damage surveys are ongoing to determine if more tornadoes occurred in a series of storms that brought strong winds, hail and rain to North Texas on Monday night.
Oncor is reporting power outages across North Texas. As of noon Tuesday, just over 5,500 customers were without power.
Powerful winds from a likely tornado flipped several tractor-trailers on a Texas interstate, sending several people to the hospital, authorities said.
Video from the scene Monday night showed at least three large trucks toppled on Interstate 35E near Waxahachie, about 30 miles south of Dallas.
Three people were taken to hospitals but their conditions weren’t immediately known, Dallas TV station WFAA reported.
A spotter reported seeing a tornado cross the interstate, and the National Weather Service will survey the area Tuesday to determine its intensity.
The stormy weather also knocked out electricity to tens of thousands of people in Arkansas early Tuesday. More severe weather was expected throughout Tuesday in parts of the Deep South, the Storm Prediction Center said.