Tornado ravages north Dallas, leaving thousands without power

One tornado hit at 9.02pm on Oct 20 and left a kilometres-long swath of destruction through Dallas, hitting near the Love Field airport in the city's north.
One tornado hit at 9.02pm on Oct 20 and left a kilometres-long swath of destruction through Dallas, hitting near the Love Field airport in the city's north.PHOTO: BILLY FRANK WATKINS JR/FACEBOOK

ATLANTA (REUTERS) - A tornado ploughed through parts of northern Dallas late on Sunday (Oct 20), knocking out power to more than 175,000 homes and businesses and delaying flights at regional airports, officials said.

The storm left a kilometres-long swathe of destruction through Dallas, hitting near the Love Field airport in the city's north, the National Weather Service's (NWS) Weather Prediction Centre in College Park Maryland said early on Monday.

All tornado warnings have been lifted and there are no flash flood warnings, it added.

Emergency responders and the Dallas Morning News newspaper said no injuries or deaths had immediately been reported, but police and firefighters were going door-to-door in some neighborhoods to check on residents.

"It was exactly one tornado that hit at 9.02pm," said meterologist David Roth, adding that it was a powerful one but crews need to survey the damage by daylight to assess its strength.

"We also saw golfball- and baseball-sized hail in some areas and a narrow swathe of north Dallas that got between 1 to 3 inches of rain," he said, or the equivalent of 2.5cm to 7.6cm.