Texas tornado: videos show its devastating pace

YELLOW – Several suspected tornadoes made landfall Saturday afternoon in north Texas between Lubbock and Amarillo, according to the National Weather Service, but no injuries or deaths were reported.

Two possible tornadoes made landfall in southern Amarillo near Palo Duro Canyon State Park, reported meteorologist Trent Hoffeditz in Amarillo.

The park had reported property damage and a home was hit by an apparent tornado, according to Chad Orton, Amarillo-area director of Emergency Management.

“Power lines and a cell phone tower fell,” Orton said. “A house was damaged, but the family was in the basement … there have been no injuries or fatalities.”

Four other possible tornadoes made landfall near three towns in northern Lubbock, Happy, Hale Center and Nazareth, said meteorologist Joe Merchant of the weather service office in Lubbock.

“There are no reports of injuries” and there was only minor damage, Merchant added.

It was too early to estimate the possible strength of tornadoes.

“We can’t answer that until later when we examine the damage,” Merchant said.

Storm gauging teams could be dispatched to areas as early as Sunday morning, according to Merchant.

The storm is expected to continue causing heavy rain and possible flash flooding, hail, high winds and perhaps more tornadoes Saturday night, Merchant added.



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