Two tornadoes ripped through Johnson County early Monday and two others were confirmed in Kaufman and Hunt counties, damaging walls, peeling off roofs, knocking down branches and leaving power outages behind.
No injuries were reported.
One tornado touched down west of Alvarado and another near Rio Vista, said Greg Patrick, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. All had a preliminary rating of EF1, meaning they caused moderate damage, Patrick said.
According to a statement from the weather service storm survey team, a twister with wind speeds estimated at 100-110 mph damaged five homes, one severely, just after 1 a.m. two miles northwest of Rio Vista, about 30 miles south of Fort Worth.
About the same time and seven miles north, a tornado touched down just west of Alvarado, packing winds estimated around 90 mph.
About 20 homes in Alvarado were damaged to some extent, said Jack Snow, Johnson County emergency management coordinator. But no injuries were reported.
"We're very fortunate," Snow said. "It's amazing." But, he said, "quite a few houses were destroyed."
In Alvarado, a drugstore's wall collapsed and a bank's drive-through was damaged, and carports, signs and fences were flipped over, acting City Manager Kelle Whitfill said.
In Cleburne, a fire in the 1200 block of Westhill Road was believed to have been caused by wind or lightning, said Keith Scarborough, assistant chief of operations for the Cleburne Fire Department.
As the storm moved northeast, Waxahachie, about 30 miles south of Dallas, was hit by straight-line winds of about 80 mph.
John Rodgers, Waxahachie Fire Department battalion chief, reported "sporadic structural damage all over the city," with the roofs of several businesses downtown blown off and the roof of a hotel north of the city showing damage.
About 2:30 a.m, a tornado with winds of about 100 mph hit the north side of Forney, 18 miles east of Dallas. Four homes received what City Manager Brian Brooks called "significant damage" to their roofs, and a large truck stop sign was toppled.
A tornado with winds estimated at 100-110 mph hit near the Cash community, about 40 miles northeast of Dallas. Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks told the Greenville Herald-Banner that six to eight homes were destroyed or severely damaged in the community of about 50 residents.
As day broke, 92,000 power outages were reported, mostly in Waxahachie and Cleburne, Oncor spokeswoman Megan Wright said. That number was lowered to 40,000 by 9 p.m., Wright said.
Trees damaged in the wind brought down many of the power lines, Wright said.
Staff writers Chance Welch and Marty Sabota contributed to this report, which includes material from The Associated Press.