Tornadoes Leave A Trail Of Destruction In Texas

The twisters hit the northern part of the state, knocking down power lines, uprooting trees and destroying businesses and homes

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued a disaster declaration for 16 counties after severe overnight storms including a tornado that battered parts of Dallas. His declaration Monday makes state resources available to local officials, plus waives certain regulations to allow utilities to bring in out-of-state resources.

“By issuing this declaration, Texas is providing local officials with the resources they need to quickly respond and recover from this storm,” said Governor Abbott. “My heart goes out to the Texans impacted by this severe weather, and the people of Texas can rest assured that the state will do everything it can to assist those affected by these horrific storms.”

Meanwhile, crews searched Monday through the rubble of buildings torn apart by the tornado that ripped through Dallas, causing damage to homes and businesses and knocking out electricity to tens of thousands of people. Radar confirmed the tornado hit the ground near Love Field Airport and moved northeast through the city around 9 p.m. Sunday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Godwin.

There were no reports of fatalities or serious injuries early Monday, according to a release from the city of Dallas, but Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans says three people were hospitalized for evaluation of non-life-threatening injuries.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said Dallas was very fortunate there was no loss of life.

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