Multiple tornadoes touched down in the Dallas-Forth Worth metropolitan area Saturday night, causing widespread damage as the death toll from severe weather in the South and Midwest of the U.S. increased to 18

Tornadoes were reported in Rowlett, Farmersville, Glenn Heights and elsewhere, but the National Weather Service has yet to confirm the total number of twisters whipping up north Texas. One storm chaser who was Periscoping as he followed a tornado northeast of Dallas said that one was more than a mile-wide

Five were killed in Garland, which is near Rowlett, in what may have been a traffic accident during the intense weather. At least two more were killed at a gas station in Copeville, which is northeast of Garland, according to the Dallas Morning News. Street and highway lights in the area went dark amid the storm. Emergency personnel were also responding to reports of trailers on fire and possible injuries at a mobile home part in Sunnyvale, which is just east of the Dallas city limits, Melinda Urbina, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County Sheriff’s office, told the Associated Press. Read more…

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Multiple tornadoes hit Dallas as death toll from Southern storms climbs to 18