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Tornado causes damage in Dallas; more severe thunderstorms, hail move into DFW

A tornado caused substantial damage in Dallas Sunday night and more storms moved into DFW after midnight.

A tornado was confirmed in Dallas at about 9 p.m. The tornado downed power lines, knocked down buildings and caused other damages, according to reports on social media. Rubble was strewn on the street on Harry Hines and Walnut Hill near Dallas Love Field.

Firefighters and police were searching and rescuing trapped residents in Dallas after buildings were damaged.

Several schools canceled classes Monday due to damage to their buildings, according to Dallas ISD Media. Cary Middle School, Cigarroa Elementary School, Pershing Elementary School, Thomas Jefferson High School and Walnut Hill Elementary School were closed.

According to Oncor, about 72,000 people were without power in Dallas County due to the storms at 12:40 a.m. The city planned on opening the Bachman Recreation Center at 2 a.m. for people to take shelter.

Another round of storms hit the DFW area at about 12:45 a.m.

The National Weather Service tweeted there was concern that a new tornado could form in Kaufman County as more storms moved through the area.

Fort Worth, as well as the rest of north central Texas, was under a tornado watch as of 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for parts of Collin, Dallas and Ellis counties.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued until 12:45 p.m. The storms may produce winds of 70 mph and 1 inch hail, the NWS Fort Worth tweeted.

In Tarrant County, about 11,000 were without power as of 12:45 a.m.

An unseasonably warm start to the day on Sunday brought temperatures in the upper 80s that will last into the evening, National Weather Service meteorologist Daniel Huckaby said.

However, a cold front is expected to move into the Metroplex around midnight, bringing severe weather, Huckaby said. More storms were expected to hit the area between midnight and 3 a.m. and will move through fairly quickly.

By Monday morning, the weather will be cooler, but should be sunny with a nice breeze, Huckaby said.

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Kaley Johnson is a breaking news and enterprise reporter. She majored in investigative reporting at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has a passion for bringing readers in-depth, complex stories that will impact their lives. Send your tips via email or Twitter.
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