“Damage is significant in the areas where the tornado touched down,” Oncor tweeted.
The city of Dallas said there are no reports of fatalities, but first responders were working overnight to check on residents in a door-to-door search, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Rocky Vaz, director of the Dallas Office of Emergency Management, told The Washington Post three people had been hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries related to the storm. Vaz added that six people also suffered noncritical injuries after an 18-wheeler overturned.
“The Dallas Police Department and Dallas Fire-Rescue are assessing damaged structures and will continue to do so throughout the night,” the city said in a news release, which noted dozens of downed traffic signals, as well as reports of a natural gas leak.
Videos of the tornado’s funnel cloud and images of devastation throughout North Texas offered a window into the seriousness of the threat.
Shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday, the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department confirmed a tornado had formed about two miles north of Dallas Love Field Airport and was moving east. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth labeled the tornado “a life-threatening situation,” indicating “complete destruction is possible.”
Multiple thunderstorm warnings remained in place as of early Monday. Additional tornadoes were also reported in southern Dallas and Rockwall counties, the Morning News reported.
On social media, videos of the tornado’s funnel around the Dallas area provided a stunning visual for a storm that was tracked for up to 17 miles on the radar.
Photos of the destruction in North Texas spread throughout the night, showing homes without roofs, deeply damaged structures, and downed trees and power lines. Homes were left in ruins in Preston Hollow, an affluent Dallas neighborhood north of Southern Methodist University, where radar data showed debris lifted at least three miles into the air. The area is home to former president George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush, who were reportedly not harmed in the storm.
“They got lucky and are praying for the safety of their neighbors around DFW,” a Bush spokesman told KTVT.
Tina Devlin, a Dallas resident, told NBC News her home was destroyed, calling it “a total loss.”
“I heard all the snapping of the trees and the wind blowing, and so I climbed into this bedroom closet, and just as I got in there, the roof blew off,” Devlin said to KXAS, adding that a fire crew helped her and her family to safety. “I just thank God we’re alive. I haven’t cried any — I’ve just been panicked.”
Matthew Cappucci contributed to this report.