Tornados rip through Texas with damaging winds, leaving 92K without power
More than 92,000 customers were left without power in Texas early Friday as the state braced for tornadoes and a powerful storm system moving east.
The outage tracker showed 92,948 residents and businesses without power in the Lone Star State.
Severe weather forced residents of northern and central regions to take cover.
The National Weather Service warned of 70 mph winds and large hail — plus a tornado and tornado warning.
Hurricane-force winds wreak havoc in Texas, Louisiana
In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, agency teams plan to survey areas for potential storm damage along the storm’s path.
In Louisiana, a possible tornado touched down near Louisiana State University in Shreveport.
More than 11,800 customers were without power in the Gulf Coast state Friday.
Flights out of Texas canceled as storm approaches
The storms also affected travel, overturned four 18-wheelers — officials reported only minor injuries — closed U.S. Highway 75 in Texas and led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights in and out of the Dallas area.
Tracker FlightAware.com showed 36 cancellations at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Friday.
Some Dallas-Fort Worth area school districts canceled after-school activities because of the forecast, and the suburb of Richardson asked residents to stop using water after the storm knocked out power to pumping stations.
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“Water is currently in the city’s water storage facilities, but will run out if all customers do not stop using the water immediately, except for emergency needs,” Richardson officials said in a statement. officials said in a statement.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.