Storms Spawn Tornadoes Across Texas Panhandle

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

At least three people were injured in the Texas Panhandle as storms that brought hail, rain and high winds, spawned several tornadoes.

National Weather Service officials in the Panhandle said numerous tornadoes touched down last night. While many of the tornadoes were in areas so rural that no damage was reported, others caused damage to homes, downed power lines and uprooted trees. Survey teams were set to go out today to get an official count on the number of tornadoes.

The storm system extended from the Texas Panhandle to south of the Midland-Odessa area in West Texas.

A sheriff's office dispatcher in Hemphill County said that a person in an oilfield trailer about 13 miles southwest of Canadian was injured and was taken to the hospital. There were not details on the injury.

An official with the Texas Department of Public Safety says two people were injured when three tractor-trailers got wrapped together by a possible tornado on Interstate 40 near Groom. Both were taken to an Amarillo hospital.

Authorities in Oklahoma say that two people were killed in Beaver County in a possible tornado in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

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