Apparent Tornadoes Hit Texas, Oklahoma

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) -- Powerful storms brought hail, heavy rain and possible tornadoes to Texas and Oklahoma, causing power outages for thousands of customers Thursday morning and at least one death.

At least 180,000 homes and businesses lost electricity in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and more than 11,000 customers were without power in Oklahoma Thursday morning. Flooding in Oklahoma forced about a dozen state highways to close, and some schools called off classes for the day.

In Oklahoma, where some parts of the state had more than four inches of rain, a woman died when her car skidded off the road during downpours. Three people were treated for minor injuries in Texas.

The severe weather began Wednesday and kept going into early Thursday. An apparent tornado with winds of up to 70 mph moved through west Texas, tearing shingles from roofs, shattering glass and flipping vehicles.

Red Cross spokeswoman Anita Foster says no injuries were reported from the high winds and heavy rain in the Dallas-Fort Worth areas. Two shelters were set up for residents who may need them, she said.

One hangar at Addison Airport, in the Dallas area, lost part of its roof.

The storm pelted the city with quarter-sized hail just after midnight with winds of up to 70 mph, said Hector Guerrero, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The service received reports of cars and a tractor trailer flipped over. At least one building downtown was damaged, Guerrero said.

Shortly after, the storm system moved out of the area, Guerrero said. San Angelo is about 110 miles southeast of Midland.

"Right now we're pretty much done. The rain is exiting the southeast part of the state, it looks like the showers are right on the Oklahoma, Arkansas, for northeast Texas border," Williams said.

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