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DFW Weather: Tornado Touches Down, Leaves Damage Across Dallas

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Widespread damage across North Texas Monday morning — especially in and around Dallas — after severe weather moved through the area Sunday evening.

A tornado touched down in Dallas, causing major damage to homes, businesses, parks and other areas. The storms also left a trail of destruction in Richardson and Midlothian, Texas.

Storm survey teams with the National Weather Service later confirmed an EF-3 tornado hit Dallas, an EF-1 hit Rowlett and an EF-0 struck Wills Point.

Early reports indicate at least six people were taken to the hospital — each being treated for storm related injuries. So far, no deaths or major injuries have been reported.

Just after 9 p.m. Sunday, people in Dallas County were warned to take shelter immediately as a tornado moved across Dallas, just north of Love Field Airport.

Another line of storms moved through North Texas a few hours later, affecting the same areas hit just hours before.

WATCH: Tornado Touches Down In Dallas

There were multiple reports of damage along Interstate-635 in North Dallas — where many cars, houses and businesses were severely damaged or destroyed.

CBS 11 Chief Meteorologist Scott Padgett estimates that with the damage seen, winds during the storm may have reached or exceeded 111 mph.

Storm Damage near Pemberton Drive at Tibbs Street In Dallas
Storm Damage near Pemberton Drive at Tibbs Street In Dallas

Heavy storm damage was seen at the intersection of Bowser at Buckingham in RIchardson with buildings, trees and power lines hit hard.

In Dallas near the intersection of Pemberton Drive and Tibbs Street, buildings in Dallas lost their roofs, windows were damaged and at least one car was seen flipped on its side.

Tornado Damage
Storm Damage near Pemberton Drive at Tibbs Street In Dallas

Trees and utility poles were snapped in half and many buildings in the area were damaged or destroyed. First responders were searching the immediate neighborhood for survivors and people who may have been trapped after the tornado moved through the Metroplex.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport had a ground stop for arriving traffic for quite some time and Dallas ISD and other districts assessed impacted areas to determine school cancellations.

After many DISD schools canceled school Monday, the district said in a news conference that a select few schools had significant damage and could not be immediately accessed.

Students of affected schools will return to either their own school or at Loos Field House by Wednesday.

Since multiple residents are now displaced due to the storms, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said the Bachman Recreation Center has been opened and Red Cross will be on site to assist those affected.

As of 4:40 a.m. Monday, there were about 130,000 people across North Texas without power, according to Oncor.

Damage was also seen parts of Midlothian, especially to the Lighthouse Church. The city's school district also said it has canceled classes Monday due to power outages.

In the interest of safety, the Dallas Police Department said they are urging residents in the areas impacted to remain indoors from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. through Thursday.

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