About two dozen people were injured and some homes were destroyed after a severe storm struck the small town of Van in northeast Texas, an emergency management official says. The storm, which the National Weather Service said likely produced a tornado, hit the east side of Van Zandt County and the city of Van around 8:45pm last night. Chuck Allen, the Van Zandt County fire marshal and emergency management coordinator, says approximately 26 patients were transported to hospitals after a triage area was established at a church. "Damages range from completely destroyed homes, damaged homes, to trees and power lines down," Allen says, estimating 30% of the city suffered some kind of damage.
Allen says authorities are going door to door in the city about 70 miles southeast of Dallas, performing a second search for additional injured individuals. Utility companies are working to restore "vital infrastructures," and road and bridge crews are working to open streets and highways to allow for first responder access, he says. The storm was part of severe weather that stretched across North Texas yesterday, Earlier in the day, another likely tornado ripped roofs off buildings and damaged trees near Denton, about 40 miles northwest of Dallas. Tornadoes were also reported in central Iowa, where a roof was ripped off a high school, and in eastern South Dakota, where a twister damaged the small town of Delmont and injured at least nine people.