- Several tornadoes touched down from Austin to the Texas-Oklahoma border.
- Several injuries were reported.
- An outbreak of severe weather will continue at least until Tuesday.
Multiple tornadoes passed through the Interstate-35 corridor of northern and central Texas and southern Oklahoma at the start of a severe outbreak Monday evening that will sweep eastward across the south.
(FORECAST: Severe weather expected to sweep 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 elementary school. No student from either school was injured.
The damage spread throughout the city. The extent of the debris field closed several roads and a local hospital and animal shelter were also damaged.
A roof on the west side of town collapsed. Several other buildings and mobile homes were also damaged.
The tornado may have remained on the ground as it moved northeast toward Bowie, Texas, located 30-35 miles northeast of Jacksboro. Several structures were damaged and the city was conducting search and rescue operations Monday night.
City manager Bert Cunningham said the worst damage was to the east of town, with up to four entrapments reported. Four people were slightly injured, emergency manager Kelly McNabb told The Associated Press.
Several structures were damaged in a possible second tornado that followed 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 US 45.
The tornado was filmed by several local television cameras, including one that showed the tornado approaching the Kalahari resort. Debris was strewn in trees and through the fields outside the station.
Several cars were overturned in the parking lot and trees in the area were debarked, according to KVUE.
A car was overturned at a Round Rock mall and two businesses were heavily damaged.
The City of Round Rock said “roadside debris and structural damage to multiple homes and businesses were seen along the tornado path. Crews are concentrated in areas along Highway 79, from the Gattis School and Greenlawn Boulevard”. in a press release Monday evening.
No injuries were reported at Round Rock.
The storms moved east toward Taylor and Granger, Texas. In Taylor, a recycling plant and a house were damaged. Barns and homes were also damaged near Jonas.
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, power lines were downed and debris was thrown near Elgin, Texas in a possible tornado. At least one house has been 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 that “the city of Elgin proper appears to have taken a break from this storm, but our Elgin residents to the north and south have certainly suffered significant damage.”
A trailer was lifted and dropped onto a building by the tornado.
In Kingsbury, Texas, a tornado struck north of Interstate 10 and damaged homes between Kingsbury and Luling.
Home damage was reported in Kingston, Oklahoma, located west of Durant and just north of the Texas border. The police assisted the inhabitants, according to news9.com.
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