Aerial footage showed several badly damaged homes and buildings after severe storms rolled through northern Texas on Monday night.
DALLAS – Severe weather rolled through North Texas on Monday night, bringing four confirmed tornadoes, and we got a glimpse of its impact early Tuesday.
Significant damage was confirmed in Johnson County near Egan and Keene, Collin County near Blue Ridge and Ellis County near Midlothian.
The National Weather Service, which assesses storm damage, sent survey teams to the Blue Ridge and Celina area in Collin County; Joshua near Midlothian in Johnson and Ellis counties; and Kemp in Kaufman County to near Mabank in Van Zandt County.
Here’s what we’re seeing and hearing from officials, so far:
-On April 6, the National Weather Service confirmed that an EF1 tornado struck Midlothian in Ellis County with winds between 85 and 90 mph.
– On April 5, the National Weather Service confirmed that an EF1 tornado struck Blue Ridge. The tornado produced winds estimated at 100 mph, according to NWS.
– A radar-confirmed storm impacted the northern town of Johnson County near Joshua and Alvarado. Debris was observed on radar. City officials are reporting wires throughout the county.
– On Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-2 tornado struck Johnson County near Egan with winds up to 112 mph.
WFAA crews saw downed trees and building damage after a radar-confirmed tornado moved through the area. WFAA meteorologist Mariel Ruiz found heavy damage at a manufacturing plant near Egan:
Aerial footage showed more damage, including a house whose roof was badly damaged and almost completely torn off.
– On Tuesday evening, the NWS confirmed an EF-0 tornado near Keene in Johnson County, with winds up to 80 mph.
– In Tarrant County, the Keller Police Department confirms that a three-alarm fire at a residence along Type 1800 of Broken Bend Drive in Westlake was caused by a lightning strike.
All occupants were evacuated from the house, but at least two firefighters were reportedly injured while battling the blaze, which spread through the roof of the house. Crews from Grapevine, Southlake, Keller and North Richland Hills assisted in the fire.
– In Collin County, the National Weather Service reports at least one home lost its roof due to winds and at least one structure partially collapsed in Blue Ridge, at the intersection of FM 545 and of Church Street.
Blue Ridge officials confirmed several downed trees and damage to buildings and metal roofs on Tuesday morning. At least two buildings have lost a roof, including the administrative building of the city’s fire department.
– Also in Collin County, the City of McKinney confirmed that first responders performed three separate water rescues following flash flooding – at 1405 Wilson Creek Parkway, Park View Avenue and Gerry Lane, and 5001 McKinney Ranch Parkway. A total of four people were safely rescued, city officials confirmed.
Also in McKinney, high water was causing problems at Towne Lake Park. Around 8 a.m., a school bus got stuck while trying to turn around to avoid the water. You could see children getting off the bus to get on another bus.
– Also in Collin County, authorities closed State Highway 78/Williford Road in both directions due to high water.
– In Ellis County, crews responded to an overturned 18-wheeler near the intersection of National Highways 67 and 287 in Midlothian, causing traffic delays.
Although no official injuries or deaths were reported in North Texas, the WFAA spoke to a man who was being taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth after being in an RV that rolled over in Johnson County.
It happened near Egan. The man, Shaun Zeleny, was helping his daughter-in-law, who was stuck inside the RV. The RV, which was parked behind their home, rolled over in the radar-confirmed tornado and Zeleny was injured. He told the WFAA he was going to be fine. His daughter-in-law was not injured.
In East Texas, officials confirmed one person died in storms in Whitehouse, but no further information was released.