Videos circulating on the Internet show ominous clouds pouring over the skies of north-central Texas as tornadoes land and residents of neighboring states are called upon to take refuge from the region’s perilous weather.
As heavy storms gathered over parts of Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma on Friday night, the regional offices of the National Weather Service (NWS) warned residents of tornadoes that could be fatal. Bystanders and storm hunters picked up cameras and captured tornadoes approaching Texas cities, as well as a wreckage left behind.
NWS implement a tornado watch for 21 counties in central and northern Texas in relative neighborhood Dallas-Fort Worth area. The service also released tornado watches for parts of northwestern and west-central Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.
Services issued a terrible warning for Little River County in southwest Arkansas and Central Bowie County in northeast Texas, stating residents should take refuge after “a confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado was 9 miles southwest of New Boston, moving Northeast at 50mph. ‘
“You are in a life-threatening situation,” the warning reads. “Flying debris can be fatal to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be destroyed. Significant damage to homes, businesses and vehicles is possible, and complete destruction is possible. ”
According to a press release, Texas Governor Greg Abbott previously instructed the state’s Crisis Management Division to raise the State’s Emergency Operations Center’s readiness to forecast damaging winds, severe tornadoes, heavy hail and potential flash floods.
“State and local emergency response partners are monitoring weather conditions and are ready to quickly provide all necessary resources to protect our communities,” Abbott said in a statement. “Texans are encouraged to pay attention to the weather and follow instructions from emergency services and local officials to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.”
Wes Rapaport, a spokesman for the Texas Division of Emergency Management, said: Newsweek in an email that state resources activated by Abbott earlier on Thursday were used to help local officials. Rapaport did not provide information on the dangers facing residents or the extent of the wreckage, but said Texans are encouraged to report any damage to homes and businesses using online tool.
The NWS office in Fort Worth said in a tweet that the tornado watch will expire at 8 p.m. local time and the threat from the weather will decrease as the cold front passes, potentially leaving a slight hail and gusty wind.
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