Storms Rolled Through Texas Monday Morning; Deep South Texas Counties Not Included In Governors Disaster Declaration
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Port Isabel— A mixed bag of weather rolled across the Lone Star State Sunday night into Monday morning as a cold front made its way through. A tornado touched down in Dallas, causing major damage to homes, businesses, and other areas.
Storm survey teams with the National Weather Service later confirmed an EF-3 tornado hit Dallas and an EF-1 hit Rowlett.
Emergency managers say that 6 people have been treated for storm related injuries in North Texas, though luckily there have been no reports of deaths.
Meanwhile in the Rio Grande Valley and portions of South Texas, crews spent much of the day picking debris and cleaning up after seasonal storm brought wind and heavy rain to that area.
Late Sunday night, storms began firing off over the mountainous area of Nuevo León, Mexico making their way across Deep South Texas and eventually offshore into the Gulf of Mexico by midday on Monday.
Residents in South Texas were cleaning up mud and picking up debris that had been littered across homes and businesses from the storm. Thousands were left without power in the Rio Grande Valley and roads, including the Queen Isabella Causeway that leads to South Padre Island had to be closed due to flooding. As of 6 pm on Monday, utility crews still report that thousands are still without power in Port Isabel and Laguna Vista.
This morning, sources confirmed that Governor Greg Abbott has been briefed on the situation and by early afternoon he had issued a disaster area for 16 Texas counties that were impacted by the wild weather. All of those counties were in North Central and Northeast Texas. Coastal counties in the Rio Grande Valley were not included.
Matt Briscoe contributed to this story from Corpus Christi, Texas.