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Mayor says Dallas is Lucky Tornado Killed No One

Businesses and homes were destroyed in Dallas. Businesses and homes were destroyed in Dallas. |  Photo: ABC News

Created: October 21, 2019 11:47 AM

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson says citizens of Dallas should consider themselves lucky that no one was killed when a tornado touched down at night in a densely populated part of the city.
    
Johnson said at a news conference Monday morning that officials are still assessing damage. He says the city's top priority has been making sure everyone is safe.
    
The National Weather Service says radar confirmed the tornado struck near Love Field Airport around 9 p.m. Sunday.
    
Homes have been heavily damaged, stop lights are out and large trees are down in the area.
    
One person was killed in severe storms that swept through Arkansas after a tree fell on a home early Monday.
    
The Benton County Department of Public Safety says the death happened at about 12:30 a.m. in Rogers, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson confirmed the fatality and said "significant storm damage" occurred in northwest Arkansas.
    
The storms, which struck the Dallas area late Sunday, moved through Arkansas in the early morning hours Monday. Several tornado warnings were issued, and damage was also reported in the northeast corner of the state.
    
Jonesboro TV station KAIT reports that a gas station was destroyed in the town of Tyronza, about 120 miles (190 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock. Poinsett County Sheriff Kevin Molder tells the TV station that at least two people were injured.
    
 

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