Live: Large, extremely dangerous tornado causes 'significant damage' in Texas

www.accuweather.com | 4/13/2019 | Staff
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"Significant damage" has been reported after a large and devastating tornado struck a community north of College Station, Texas, during the late morning hours of Saturday.

Reports received via police scanners indicate "significant damage" in Franklin, Texas, with one mobile home overturned and multiple homes collapsed.

Home - Person - Inside - Location

One mobile home with a person inside was reportedly ripped from its location.

Injuries have been reported, including to two children. Debris covering roads is hindering rescue crews from reaching some areas.

People - Tornado - Injuries - Shelter - Town

About 30 people who escaped the tornado without injuries are now staying at a shelter set up in the town.

A powerful thunderstorm unloaded hail as large as 3 inches in diameter north of San Antonio on Saturday morning. Slightly larger than a baseball, hail of this size can cause significant damage and endanger people and animals without shelter.

Hail - Sizes - Areas - North - Dallas-Fort

Large hail of similar sizes also pounded areas north of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Air travel has been significantly impacted at the Dallas airports. Flights headed to Dallas Love Field Airport are not being allowed to depart before 1 p.m. CDT Saturday. Delays for arriving flights at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport are averaging two hours, according to the FAA.

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The outbreak of severe weather is expected to continue through Saturday evening from eastern Texas to Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Facets - Weather - Weekend - Wind - Gusts

"All facets of severe weather are anticipated this weekend, ranging from damaging wind gusts and large hail to frequent lightning strikes, flash flooding and tornadoes," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

There is concern for a significant number of tornadoes, some of which can be large and on the ground for more than a few minutes.

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