DALLAS, Texas — At least three tornadoes touched down in North Texas late Sunday, two in Dallas County and one in Van Zandt County. They tore through buildings, brought down trees, destroyed cars, and snapped power lines.
- National Weather Service confirms at least 3 tornadoes
- Tornado landed around 9 p.m. Sunday
- No reported fatalities or serious injuries
Thousands do not have electricity and the Dallas Independent School District closed several schools, citing extensive damage on campuses.
Heavy storm damage was seen in neighborhoods just northeast of Dallas Love Field Airport as hundreds of families in the area began cleaning up Monday.
“This is the first time it's been this big and this much damage. We've had tornado warnings, kind of anticipated things, we've seen high winds before, but this was something totally different. Totally different little, little scary,” said Dallas resident Chris Vivero.
On Monday, Vivero was found clearing debris and downed trees in front of his parent’s North Dallas home. It was the house Vivero and his siblings grew up in.
Part of the roof to the house peeled off and the walls caved in, so it is no longer livable. Vivero said his mother and father took shelter in the bathroom when the tornado passed through the neighborhood.
“(My mother) pretty much said it was surreal. She didn’t really know what to expect and what could have happened. Just (her) mind going a million miles an hour, trying to think about the things that could have happened, but it didn’t happen,” Vivero said.
Vivero’s parents were not physically hurt, but now they are dealing with the emotional pain of recovery.
“All this damage and yet no injuries no deaths. I mean. you can’t be more blessed than having that happen. We can replace the house, there’s no replacing Mom or Dad,” he said.
On the same street, trees were uprooted and roofs blown away. Glass windows of homes and cars were shattered.
Just down the block, a storage container landed on top of a home. Like their neighbors, the Vivero family is in the process of assessing the damage to the home that has been in the family for about 40 years. They hope they get to live there even longer.
“We’re pretty resilient, we’ve been through a couple of things, this street in particular, and we just keep moving and keep trying,” Vivero said.