An outbreak of tornadoes swept parts of northern and eastern Texas Wednesday, leaving scattered reports of damage but only one minor injury.
Twisters were reported near Rockwall, Greenville and Canton between 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Dozens of funnel clouds that didn’t reach the ground were also sighted, with many people sharing their storm pictures to NBC 5 through iSee@nbcdfw.com.
On the northern shore of Cedar Creek Reservoir, about 50 miles southwest of Dallas, a reported tornado caused significant damage in a lakeside subdivision. Steve Howie, emergency management coordinator for Kaufman County, said one person suffered minor injuries in the Cedar Creek Country Club subdivision. He also said many downed trees are making roads impassable in the area.
In Canton, about 55 miles east of Dallas, a tornado caused major damage to the exterior of a gas station and convenience store. The Texas Thunder Truck intercepted the twister as it crossed Texas Highway 19, just moments after it swept through the central core of the town.
As of Thursday morning, several hundred Oncor Electric customers were without electricity in Van Zandt County.
In North Fort Worth, severe winds caused roof damage in the Heritage Trace area. It was unclear if the damage was caused by a tornado or straight-line winds.
The National Weather Service said in a statement that strong low-level instability allowed some of the thunderstorms to become severe and that it has received numerous reports of wind damage, hail and a few tornadoes.
The weather service said crews would survey areas of damage on Thursday before providing official confirmation on tornadoes and wind speeds.
The aviation tracking website FlightAware.com at one point on Wednesday listed about 550 canceled flights Wednesday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. More than 100 flights were canceled at Love Field.