North Texas – Numerous houses, buildings and schools suffered serious damages following the several reported tornados in the North Texas area on Monday.
According to multiple reports, a tornado that hit the Jack County Monday afternoon around 4 p.m. severely damaged two schools in Jacksboro and numerous houses and buildings in the area.
Jacksboro High School saw extensive damage to its gymnasium. The whole roof was torn off.
Starla Sanders, Jacksboro High Principal, confirmed she was informed the storm was turning severe around 3 p.m., around an hour before the tornado hit the school. Students who drive were let home early, while those who rely on the school bus transport system and the school staff had to take shelter in the school.
Just moments after the tornado hit the area, Sanders learned that the roof on her own house was also gone. Sanders, who has been living there for the last 15 years, says she hasn’t experienced nothing similar in the last decade and a half.
Fortunately, her husband, her kids and all the students remained unhurt.
On the other side of the street, there is elementary school. The tornado took place while students in the elementary school were waiting for their parents to pick them up. Once the storm starting becoming severe, all the children were taken to the interior of the building.
Parents who were at the parking lot minutes before the storm hit the area, also got inside the school looking for shelter. After the storm, there was a line of flipped-over cars with the windows blown out.
Because of the heavy damages the schools suffered, the classes were cancelled at least until the end of the week. Jacksboro High School suffered less severe damages, but the area on the other of street was completely damaged with downed trees and powerlines and destroyed homes.
According to the most recent information provided by the county officials, no deaths were reported in the storm. County officials believe that 60-80 homes suffered damages due to the heavy storm, while the first responders had to rescue four people from their homes, but they only had minor injuries.
Tornados were also reported in the Montague County town of Bowie around 5 p.m. where a tornado damaged several homes and destroyed several buildings.