At least 4 injured as severe storms sweep across Texas

Southern Plains brace for severe weather

Southern Plains brace for severe weather 01: 09

One person was killed when a tornado swept through North Texas, officials said Tuesday.

Grayson County Office of Emergency Management Director Sarah Somers said a 73-year-old woman died when the tornado hit the community of Sherwood Shores, Texas, on Monday night. Ten other storm-related injuries have been reported in the county about 90 miles north of Dallas and near the state’s border with Oklahoma.

The same storm system was poised to move into Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday, carrying the risk of dangerous tornadoes and powerful winds.

In Texas, several tornadoes were reported Monday along the Interstate 35 corridor, particularly in the Austin suburbs of Round Rock and Elgin, and close to Dallas-Fort Worth. In the Lake Texoma region of Texas, and in southern Oklahoma, two tornadoes were not confirmed.

Officials reported damage throughout Jacksboro, Texas, about 60 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

CBS Dallas-Fort Worth said as many as 80 homes were damaged and debris from homes, trees and power lines was scattered across a path at least a third of a mile wide.

Some people told the station the storm hit so fast, they had just minutes to find somewhere to shelter.

Images shared with CBS Dallas-Fort Worth showed damage to the wall and roof from parts of Jacksboro High School, especially its gym, and parts of Jacksboro Elementary School. Local witnesses also claimed that the tornado struck the animal shelter.

Damage to Jacksboro High School in Texas.
Damage to Jacksboro Elementary School Lee Anderson

Thirty miles northeast of Jacksboro, near Bowie, the damage was widespread. Kelly McNabb, Emergency Manager, stated that four people sustained minor injuries.

By Tuesday morning, the system was bringing heavy rainfall and thunderstorms to parts of Texas and Arkansas, said Jeremy Grams, lead forecaster with the Storm Prediction Center, in Norman, Oklahoma. For parts of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, a tornado watch was in place.

In Louisiana, high water early Tuesday posed a threat to motorists on several roads, including a stretch of Interstate 20 and several state highways after rains overnight, authorities said. Three drivers were rescued by Caddo Parish sheriffs, including Shreveport.

The storms were expected to intensify throughout the day as temperatures rise, increasing the threat of tornadoes, hail and strong winds. The Storm Prediction Center issued a second-highest category of risk Tuesday: moderate to severe weather for large parts of Louisiana and Mississippi. Bad weather was possible in Baton Rouge and Jackson, Mississippi on Tuesday.

“We’re still a bit uncertain on just how intense and how longer-lived some of these tornadoes may be, so we’re going to be just below that threshold of the greatest risk,” Grams said Tuesday morning.

Forecasters were predicting intense tornadoes and widespread damaging winds, some hurricane-force with speeds of 75 mph or greater, in much of Mississippi, southern and eastern Louisiana, and western Alabama.

Louisiana’s federal and state authorities reminded thousands of hurricane survivors living in government-provided mobile homes and recreational vehicle trailers to have an evacuation plan because the structures might not withstand the expected weather. More than 8,000 households live in such temporary quarters, officials said.

Texas officials give update on severe weather 15: 29

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