At least 4 injured as severe storms sweep across Texas, officials say

Severe storms caused damage in parts of North Texas on Monday, injuring at least four people, officials said. Tornado warnings — meaning a tornado has been spotted or indicated by weather radar — were in effect for parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas as of Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Officials reported damage throughout Jacksboro, about 60 miles northwest of Fort Worth. Footage shared with CBS Dallas-Fort Worth showed wall and roof damage to parts of Jacksboro High School, specifically its gym, and parts of Jacksboro Elementary School. Witnesses also told CBS Dallas-Fort Worth that the storm hit the local animal shelter.

Damage to Jacksboro High School in Texas.

Damage to Jacksboro Elementary School

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30 miles northeast of Jacksboro, near Bowie, damage was also believed to be extensive with reports of some people being trapped in collapsed structures. 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 said.

A storm system had been predicted to bring strong tornadoes and large hail to parts of Texas on Monday and then move to the Deep South, where forecasters warned an outbreak of severe weather was possible on Tuesday.

Parts of central and east Texas, particularly the Austin and College Station areas, could see hurricane-force winds of 75 mph or more, as well as bullet-sized hail from baseball and multiple tornadoes on Monday, the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma said.

Rain was expected to bring relief to parts of Texas affected by forest firesbut windy weather was to follow.

On Tuesday, parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama could see “a regional outbreak of severe weather,” the Storm Prediction Center said. This region, including the towns of Baton Rouge and Jackson, Mississippi, could experience strong tornadoes on Tuesday, forecasters said.

Federal and state authorities in Louisiana have reminded thousands of hurricane survivors living in government-provided mobile homes and RV trailers to have an evacuation plan because the structures may not withstand the storms. expected weather conditions.

More than 8,000 households live in such temporary accommodations, Bob Howard, spokesman for a joint information center for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said Monday. emergencies of the governor of Louisiana.

In a joint statement, the agencies said flooding could cause the most damage.

“Repeated episodes of heavy rain may occur over the same areas, increasing the risk of flooding,” the statement said. “Move to higher ground if you hear flood warnings.”

Nearly 1,800 households in trailers provided directly by FEMA are not yet able to return to homes damaged or destroyed by Hurricanes Laura and Delta in 2020, according to a news release last week. Another 1,600 trailers have been deployed for households displaced by Hurricane Ida, Howard said, and Louisiana has installed more than 4,400 RV trailers for Ida victims as part of a test program funded by FEMA.

Anyone living in temporary state or FEMA housing should keep cell phones turned on and fully charged, with high volume and severe weather alerts enabled, the agencies said.

“The danger is expected to be highest at night,” they added.

And, the statement notes, mobile homes and caravans are government property that cannot be moved.

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