A tornado accompanied by several violent storms hit the Dallas area on Sunday night, destroying homes and businesses, and left at least 65,000 people in the dark, authorities reported.
The cyclone, with winds of 70 miles per hour, touched down at about 9:30 p.m. local time and raised debris at least three miles in the air, according to a report from the Dallas National Weather Service.RELATED
The system was accompanied by heavy rains, lightning and large hail balls. The city authorities did not report serious injuries or fatalities in a bulletin, in which they mention that they are still assessing the damage caused by the storm.
35 damaged or fallen traffic lights were reported, as well as uprooted trees, broken power lines and debris. There were also reports of a gas leak, according to The Washington Post.
Six schools throughout the Dallas Independent School District canceled classes on Monday due to the extensive damage that some of the schools suffered during the storm, the district said.
Oncor, the largest public utility company in the state, said on Twitter that "the damage is significant in areas where the tornado touched down."
City officials urged residents to remain inside their homes if they are in a damaged area
Rocky Vaz, director of the Dallas Office of Emergency Management, told the Post that three people had been hospitalized for minor storm-related injuries. Vaz added that six people also suffered non-critical injuries after a motorcycle overturned.
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