A storm system capable of producing floods, isolated tornadoes, and hailstones the size of Ping-Pong balls moved eastward across Texas with high winds, causing severe damage to homes and a high school on Tuesday morning.
Texas was hit by twenty-five tornadoes along the Interstate 35 corridor, including two that may have damaged about 1,000 homes while more twisters emerged as the storm system pushed east.
According to the National Weather Service Fort Worth, the tornado that hit Jacksboro was an EF-3 with maximum winds of 140 to 150 m.p.h.
Residents carefully avoided downed power lines as they cleaned up the wreckage of broken ceilings, shattered walls, and damaged cars.
At a news conference on Tuesday in Jack County, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas recognized emergency crews and school personnel for their response during the tornado.
“When you look at the magnitude of the tornado that swept through Jack County and know that there are no fatalities, it is a miracle. However, as has been said, the quick thinking, the decisive action by leaders, whether it be at the school or elsewhere, saved lives,” said Abbott.
Abbott declared a disaster in 16 counties, including Jack County, where nine people were taken to Faith Community Hospital in Jacksboro with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said on Tuesday.
Later on Tuesday, Abbott traveled to Crockett, Texas, another hard-hit city in Houston County located about 110 miles north of Houston.
Abbot said that ten people in the county had been injured during a tornado on Monday, including one person with severe injuries while thirty buildings were damaged in the area, most of which were homes.
“We want everybody to get back on their feet as quickly as possible,” Abbott added.
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