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04/10/08 - Ft. Worth

Storms, Possible Tornados Cause Damage In West Texas, DFW

Jeremy Dickey of Breckenridge, Texas, tries to turn off the water to his house after it was struck by an apparent tornado Wednesday evening, April 9, 2008. Jeremy Dickey of Breckenridge, Texas, tries to turn off the water to his house after it was struck by an apparent tornado Wednesday evening, April 9, 2008.

A gas-field worker is hospitalized in critical condition after one of his arms was severed when storm winds rolled his travel trailer southeast of Fort Worth.

Johnson County officials south of Fort Worth tell the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that a gas-field worker lost an arm when the travel trailer in which he was sleeping rolled near Lillian. Officials say three people suffered minor injuries in Breckenridge, in Stephens County.

The National Weather Service says it's not ruling out that tornadoes caused the widespread destruction reported around North Texas overnight.

Nick Hampshire is a meteorologist at the weather service's Fort Worth office. He says the storms that roared through North Texas in the predawn hours today were "basically a pretty strong squall line." But he also says survey teams are "still trying to determine if, and how many, tornadoes there were."

He added that squall lines can have tornadoes imbedded in them. Dozens of homes were damaged and at least 180,000 customers lost electricity today after storms hit West Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. No deaths were reported in North Texas.

 The American Red Cross set up shelters in Lillian and in the Fort Worth suburb of Hurst.

-- In DeSoto, just south of Dallas, about 20 homes were damaged and there was severe roof damage at a senior apartment complex and at a hotel with about 50 staff and guests.

-- The Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District canceled classes today. Nine schools, as well as the administration complex, were without electricity. Trees and power lines were downed in Hurst, where at least eight homes were damaged.

-- In Breckenridge, about 20 homes sustained major damage, including some roofs and top stories torn away. Sheriff James Reeves says six mobile homes were destroyed and two businesses sustained damage.

-- Up to 50 homes were damaged in Allen, north of Dallas. The damage included a new subdivision where several homes under construction -- collapsed.

-- In Waxahachie, the roof blew off an extended-stay hotel where 24 people were staying. They've been moved to a shelter.

-- Storms also hit parts of San Angelo, but police say no injuries were reported. Part of a warehouse complex lost a section of its roof, while a storage facility also was damaged.

 Information from the Associated Press (2008).

Cathryn Khalil, reporting. ckhalil@kltv.com

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