GARLAND, Texas (AP) — At least six people have died after severe storms spawned several tornadoes Saturday afternoon and evening in North Texas.
Four people of the six were confirmed killed in vehicle accidents near the intersection of two major highways in Garland, east of Dallas.
Later, it was confirmed that two other people died at a gas station that was destroyed in Copeville, according to Collin County Emergency Management officials.
Officer Joe Harn, a Garland police spokesman, said Saturday night the four were killed in accidents that occurred during a massive storm, but it’s unclear if all four were in the same vehicle or how they died.
A tornado is reported to have gone through the suburb east of Dallas, damaging several homes.
Harn says there are no active rescues underway, though first responders continue to search houses for anyone trapped after the storms passed.
An official with the Dallas County Sheriff’s office says deputies are responding to damages caused by a tornado east of Dallas, including a trailer park ablaze.
Spokeswoman Melinda Urbina said while several emergency teams had been dispatched to Sunnyvale, just east of the Dallas city limits, following reports of trailers on fire and possible injuries in a mobile home park.
Urbina said the extent of the damage was still uncertain but that nearby roads had been shut due to debris and that the damage to the homes was likely extensive enough to render some “inhabitable.” The Red Cross was also responding to the scene, she said, and trees were down.
The emergency manager for a county south of Dallas says some homes have been destroyed and damaged during a fierce storm that spawned tornadoes in the area.
Stephanie Parker is the emergency manager for Ellis County, which is about 30 miles south of Dallas. She posted on twitter: “We have destroyed and damaged homes. Please do not get out on the roads if you do not have to.”
The National Weather Service in Fort Worth confirmed that a tornado touched down south of Dallas earlier this evening. No other details of damage were immediately available.
The National Weather Service says a tornado was on the ground south of Dallas.
There were no immediate reports of damage, but National Weather Service Meteorologist Anthony Bain in Fort Worth says that the tornado was confirmed by numerous people on the ground and with video. It was located near the town of Duncanville around Interstate 20.
The tornado’s trajectory was headed toward downtown Dallas but WFAA television said that it appeared to have lifted off the ground at it moved north.
The National Weather Service says the Dallas area is under a tornado warning until 6:45 p.m.
An Associated Press reporter says warning sirens went off in the downtown area of Dallas.
At Love Field, a major airport in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the public address system warned people to move away from windows in the concourse area.