Damaging storms spawn tornadoes in New Mexico, leave thousands without power in Texas
By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
March 13, 2019, 8:31:02 PM EDT
Damaging thunderstorms, which featured powerful winds, tore across parts of the south-central United States Tuesday night into Wednesday.
Tornado damage was reported in Chaves County, New Mexico, Tuesday night, according to the Chaves County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office said the rain-wrapped tornado moved into the town of Dexter and damaged several homes.
Another tornado was reported near Loving, New Mexico, according to KOAT in Albuquerque.
Winds approaching hurricane force were reported Wednesday morning, in Texas, including around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. A 78-mph wind gust was measured at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), while an 80-mph wind gust occurred at Grand Prairie Municipal Airport in Grand Prairie, Texas. A 71 mph gust was recorded at the airport in Addison, Texas.
The Dallas Morning News later reported that a wind gust of 109 mph was reported by the Grand Prairie Airport control tower.
Structural damage was reported at the Gran Prairie airport, according to local media.
Reports of flipped over planes at the Grand Prairie Municpal Airport, but all I’ve seen so far is damage to structures there and at neighboring businesses. Expect to see a lot more of this when the sun comes up. @WBAP247NEWS @570KLIF pic.twitter.com/irovKqfMd1— Scott Sidway (@ScottyWK) March 13, 2019
Here are some shots of damaged hangers at Grand Prairie Municipal Airport. Official tells me hard to tell damage now, but could be 12-15 planes “completely destroyed.” Can’t see them because they’re still assessing. @WBAP247NEWS @570KLIF pic.twitter.com/oxoasG87Y8— Scott Sidway (@ScottyWK) March 13, 2019
Over 140,000 were listed without power in Texas on Wednesday morning, according to website Poweroutage.us.
Baseball-sized hail was observed north of Pecos, Texas. One vehicle was reportedly destroyed.
Two warehouses were heavily damaged near O'Donnell, Texas, due to wind and a semi-trailer was blown over on Texas State Highway 87. The driver suffered a minor injury.
An Amazon.com logistics center near DFW also suffered damage, the Morning News reported.
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The Federal Aviation Administration said some arriving flights into DFW were being delayed by an average of 41 minutes.
In Johnson County, Texas, one person was injured when a small modular home became dislodged. Winds up to 70 mph were possible at the time. Numerous road closures were also reported from trees blocking traffic.
One female occupant was injured in this small modular home off Bramblett Rd and Hwy 4 southwest of Cleburne. She was transported by AMR to the hospital. No other info on this call. @NWSFortWorth pic.twitter.com/2Z5hAKt8pP— Johnson County EM (@jocotx_em) March 13, 2019
Minor damage to some homes and outbuildings in the @CityofGodley No injuries and the fire department continues to work the scene. I’m in route to Hwy 4 south of Cleburne to a tiny house blown over with injury. pic.twitter.com/HPg4csRxhG— Johnson County EM (@jocotx_em) March 13, 2019
Minor damage was reported in the city of Godley, Texas, but no injuries were reported.
Tree removal by Godley FD after storms rolled thru. pic.twitter.com/IkR7X1TxkM— City of Godley, TX (@CityofGodley) March 13, 2019
The severe storms caused damage to an airport tower in Amarillo, Texas on Wednesday evening. The Federal Aviation Administration evacuated the building.
At 4:03 PM CDT, 7 ENE Amarillo [Potter Co, TX] OTHER FEDERAL reports NON-TSTM WND DMG. THE FAA IS EVACUATING THE AIRPORT TOWER DUE TO SIDING COMING OFF THE BUILDING. https://t.co/QuWIchxUq1— IEMBot AMA (@iembot_ama) March 13, 2019
"During Wednesday afternoon and evening, the threat of severe thunderstorms will shift toward the lower southern Plains to part of the lower Mississippi Valley," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski stated.
"In this area, there will exist the potential for a few tornadoes, along with the likelihood of damaging wind gusts, hail and flash flooding."
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