TEXAS (KXAN) — Thunderstorms moving across North Texas Tuesday morning produced numerous tornado warnings and reports of thunderstorm wind damage. The storms were generated by an upper-level low moving across Kansas and Nebraska, along with a cold front moving west to east across Texas.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the Fort Worth National Weather Service office confirmed that at least six tornadoes touched down. With their survey teams expected to fan out across the area Wednesday, the total could reach 12.
One tornado is reported to have touched down one mile west of Grapevine in northeast Tarrant County. The tornado crossed West State Highway 114 near Baylor Scott and White Hospital. Storm damage coming out of Grapevine included reports of a collapsed roof causing extensive damage to a Sam’s Club on West SH 114. There are also reports of vehicle damage at this same location. This tornado was one of three confirmed tornadoes in this area. Two are EF-0 and one an EF-1.
Unfortunately, five are hospitalized from Tuesday morning’s tornadoes and storms.
Local authorities were asking drivers to stay off some Grapevine roads so the debris could be cleared. Some of the city’s local businesses closed for the day.
A confirmed long-tracking EF-2 tornado caused damage in Wise County, west of Denton. Another tornado caused damage west of Paris (Lamar County). A survey team will be sent to Paris Wednesday.
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Unconfirmed tornadoes, for now, were reported near Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, one on Interstate 20 about 12 miles south of Mineral Wells, and in Saginaw.
For a brief time between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., travelers were asked to shelter in place at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
Other storm damages, based on reports by the National Weather Service, included:
- Barns damaged southeast of Jacksboro
- Multiple 18-wheelers flipped over near Weatherford
- Roof damage at a commercial building north of North Richland Hills
- Damage to stores at a shopping center in Plano
- One residence destroyed and several damaged near Decatur
The tail end of this cold front moved across Central Texas Tuesday, with no severe weather and very little rain.
Tuesday morning’s storms in North Texas serve as a reminder that severe thunderstorms and tornadoes can happen any time of the year, not just during the primary spring storm season.