Powerful thunderstorms destroys cars, damage homes in Texas


ARLINGTON, Texas (NewsNation Now) — Powerful thunderstorms swept through parts of Texas on Tuesday night, causing damage in a city near Dallas. No injuries or fatalities were reported.

A National Weather Service team will survey damage in Arlington to determine whether a tornado caused the damage. The NWS reported a tornado warning throughout the Dallas area Tuesday evening.

“They will be out to determine how intense the winds were at that time,” meteorologist Jason Dunn told the Star-Telegram newspaper. “They also will be out to try and track it and how wide it was.”

Arlington police reported roof collapses, damage to cars and debris across roadways.

Large hail and strong winds were also reported in Oklahoma, but there were no widespread reports of damage.

In the South, tornadoes and severe storms are not uncommon in the late fall and early winter.

“We could get a tornado any month of the year here,” Dunn said.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says more severe thunderstorms are possible throughout the week in parts of the South and Midwest. Damaging winds will be the main threat on Wednesday, but a tornado or two will also be possible across the region, according to the center’s forecasters.

More than 21 million people will at a marginal risk of severe weather Wednesday in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana.

That covers several large metro areas including Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Louisville, Kentucky and Memphis and Nashville in Tennessee.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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