Two Tornadoes Touched Down In North Texas During Overnight Storms
Severe thunderstorms with damaging winds plus two tornadoes blew through North Texas overnight Tuesday, prompting power outages and school closures across the region.
One tornado hit North Fort Worth – it moved into Keller and Southlake in Tarrant County. It was an EF-0, the lowest level on the tornado damage scale. A second tornado – an EF-1 — was recorded on the west side of Lewisville in Denton County.
Storm survey teams spent Wednesday investigating damage after severe storms raced across the region.
One person was injured in Rockwall, where winds were estimated to have reached 95 miles per hour.
Several schools were closed Wednesday in the Arlington school district. Elsewhere, entire districts were shut down, including Mansfield ISD.
The storms knocked out power to about 200,000 customers across North Texas. Oncor says it restored power to about 150,000 of those customers in less than 10 hours.
The company produces a map on its website that shows outages in the area.
The National Weather's assessment of the damage
Due to power outages, several schools and colleges in Dallas-Fort Worth are closing for the day or opening later Wednesday. Below is a running list of school closures:
The following Arlington schools are closed Wednesday:
- High schools: Arlington Collegiate, Bowie, Seguin, Venture, Newcomer Center
- Junior high: Barnett, Nichols, Turning Point, Ousley
- Elementary schools: Ashworth, Bebensee, Beckham, Bryant, Butler, Fitzgerald, Starrett, West, Williams and Pearcy
Here are more North Texas schools closed Wednesday:
- Bishop Dunne Catholic School in Dallas. School is canceled Wednesday, but teachers will be available to communicate with students in online classes.
- Firewheel Christian Academy in Garland
- Glen Rose ISD schools
- Mansfield ISD schools
- Momentous School in Dallas
- Mountain View College in southeast Dallas will be closed until noon Wednesday.
- North Central Texas Academy in Granbury
Storms left one person injured
In Rockwall, straight-line winds up to 95 miles per hour left one person injured and more than a dozen homes significantly damaged in the neighborhood surrounding Hays Elementary School, KXAS (NBC 5) reports. The person was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Several other properties had minor damage like broken windows, the station reports.
Damage to a home in Rockwall #dfwwx pic.twitter.com/Re11m4jSFE— NWS Fort Worth (@NWSFortWorth) March 29, 2017
Watch the KXAS story from Rockwall
Repairing storm damage
Watch this video from the Insurance Council of Texas about making claims after a storm, in the event your property is damaged. And here’s a guide to hiring the right roofer from The Dallas Morning News.