Dallas – The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado struck in Dallas Sunday night, causing structural damage and throwing electricity to thousands. The twist was caused by a huge, powerful storm that pushed through Texas and swept the states northeast.
There were no reports of fatalities or serious injuries in Texas at 12:20 a.m. Monday, according to a message from the city of Dallas, but as the system rolled through Arkansas, one person was killed when a tree fell on their home in northwest of the state, near the Missouri line. The Arkansas Emergency Management Service confirmed the first fatality in Benton County, nearly 300 miles northeast of Dallas, early Monday morning.
Meteorologist Jason Godwin said radar confirmed the twist struck the ground near Love Field Airport and moved northeast through Dallas on Sunday night. Local media reported that several homes and businesses were damaged in Dallas, with fallen power lines and tree limbs scattered across lanes. The city said there were reports of gas leaks north of Walnut Hill in north Dallas.
CBS Dallas reports significant damage to Home Depot's store, with video showing the front of the store tossed with broken metal. The main lanes of Dallas were flooded with storm debris, leaving a major work crew cleanup operation that had to be dealt with just hours before Monday morning in rush hour.
The Texas Emergency Management Service said seven people sustained life-threatening injuries when an 18-wheeled car rolled over and struck several others
Seven people escaped from a structure that collapsed in northwest Dallas, but the Dallas Fire and Rescue Service was looking for someone to stay inside, spokesman Jason Evans said. The WFAA reports the store collapsed in a storm, but an official told the station that everyone inside was safe.
Evans says the department received repeated calls from people injured in their homes by broken glass.  MY TORADO CALLBOARD 🌪
– 2019 (2019) ] Godwin said the size and severity of the tornado would not be known until crews arrived to investigate the damage.
The storm occurred as a plethora of harsh clocks and warnings covering parts of four counties, including Dallas County, and more stormy weather was expected in the area overnight.
The city of Sachse, a northeast suburb of Dallas, said six houses "suffered significant high wind damage after heavy weather moved through the area Sunday night." Four homes remained uninhabited, but no injuries were reported.
Dallas police said officers in one part of the city go door to door to check on residents.
Citing major campus damage, the Dallas Independent School District canceled Monday classes at six schools: David G. Burnet Elementary School, Leonides Gonzalez Cigaroa Elementary School, John J. Elementary School. Pershing, Walnut Hill Elementary School, Edward H. Carey High School, and Thomas Jefferson High School. The Episcopal School in Dallas has also canceled classes. All schools are in northwest Dallas.