At least four people have been injured after severe tornadoes ripped through north and central Texas on Monday, damaging homes and businesses, and leaving thousands without power, officials said.
In Round Rock, Texas, a city of around 120,000 people located about 20 miles from Austin, multiple homes were destroyed after a tornado tore through the area, local officials said.
"We could see a funnel on the south side of Round Rock. That funnel continued through the south side of the city," Police Chief Allen Banks told reporters during a press briefing on Monday evening.
Minor injuries were reported and buildings throughout the city suffered "extreme structural damage” after the tornado struck, Banks said.
"There may be some homes damaged," Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan said at around 6:30 p.m. on Monday. "We are assessing the damage."
In the town of Bowie, roughly 90 miles northwest of Dallas, a family of three people was rescued after a tornado reduced their home to rubble. One woman was hospitalized, the local NBC affiliate reported.
A gas plant off Highway 59 south of Bowie was damaged. There were no immediate reports of fires or leaks from the plant.
In Jacksboro, some 35 miles southeast of Bowie, the roof of a high school gym collapsed. No students were reported injured.
The National Weather Service warned that the storm system that spawned the twisters could bring strong winds, hail, and the potential for more tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma on Tuesday.
The system also carried the danger of flooding in southern states, including Lousiana and Mississippi, the weather service said.