The storms moved through North Texas late Sunday night like a hammer. By dawn Monday, buildings were shredded and homes were smashed.
A hotel was struck while people slept inside.
And many North Texans woke up to windows that were no match for hail the size of golf balls.
The National Weather Service has confirmed at least four EF-1 category tornadoes struck overnight:
- near the town of Cash in Hunt County
- west of Alvarado in Johnson County
- two miles northwest of Rio Vista in Johnson County
- in Forney in Kaufman County
In Waxahachie, straight-line winds estimated at 80 mph caused damage. There were 22 other locations in North Texas reporting wind damage.
The roof of the Jordan Missionary Baptist Church in Lancaster was ripped off by the force of the storm. No one was inside, and the congregation has plans to rebuild.
One wall of a pharmacy in Alvarado was peeled away.
Hail associated with the storm system fell in multiple locations, but damage to homes and vehicles was focused along a line from Corinth in Denton County to Prosper in Collin County.
When the sun came up, power lines were down all over the state. At the peak of the storm about 90,000 electric customers had been blacked out. About 40,000 remained cut off late Monday afternoon.
It wasn't all bad news. No serious injuries were reported.
"We are all alive and well, and that can be replaced," said Rio Vista homeowner Joe Fonseca, reviewing the debris all around him.
Parched lawns and foliage welcomed the rainfall, which totaled an inch or more at multiple locations, including 1.93 inches at Executive Airport in Dallas and 1.51 inches in Denton.