DALLAS (AP) _ A severe thunderstorm system that destroyed homes and knocked down power lines and trees may have also produced several tornados across West and North Texas.
The worst damage appeared to be near the Fort Worth suburb of Crowley, where high winds destroyed four homes and damaged nine others, said Melissa Patterson, Tarrant County emergency management officer.
Aerial video of the area 12 miles south of Fort Worth showed the roofs of homes stripped of shingles and decking and cars buried beneath the debris of what had once been garages.
"All in all, just your regular Texas spring thunderstorm with possible tornadoes and golfball-size hail," said Tarrant County spokesman Mark Flake.
Mike Keith owns a home in that area, just west of Crowley. "It was just a tremendous roar and tremendous winds," he told Dallas-Fort Worth television station KTVT, adding that his yard was littered with debris.
Officials with the National Weather Service said that crews would be dispatched across the area on Thursday to confirm several reports of possible tornadoes on Wednesday.
Other than some scrapes and scratches, no injuries were reported from the storms that brought heavy rain, winds up to 70 mph and baseball-size hail in some counties.
On Wednesday afternoon, roofs were damaged by winds in a Snyder park in Scurry County. A short time later as many as two twisters reportedly touched down away from populated areas near Patricia in Dawson County, southwest of Lubbock.
"We feel fairly confident on the Patricia one because there was a … spotter out of Lubbock that was on that storm," said David Hennig, a NWS meteorologist in Midland.
Jones County Judge Dale Spurgin said a storm that moved through the northern portion of the county damaged roofs in Anson and knocked down power lines. One highway was closed by the downed poles. Spurgin said there was also some minor flooding on some farm-to-market roads.
Hail _ some golf-ball size _ was reported nearby, the weather service said.
As the storm moved east, at least one tornado was reported in Erath County near Morgan Mill, and the same one appears to have touched down nearby in Palo Pinto County, said Nick Hampshire, a meteorologist with the NWS in Fort Worth. Several power lines and trees were knocked down and outbuildings were destroyed along the Erath-Palo Pinto line, and some roofs near Lipan in Hood County were reportedly damaged as well.
Hood County emergency management official Roger Deeds said some homes and a fire station were damaged as the storm moved through the region southwest of Fort Worth.
The thunderstorm also brought winds up to 70 mph and quarter-size to baseball-size hail to Stephens, Eastland, Erath, Palo Pinto, Hood and Parker counties, according to NWS reports. Flash flooding also was reported in Palo Pinto County.
In Stephenville, several cars were stuck in high water, but there were no injuries, said police patrolman Marty Golightly. He said there were reports of water as high as 3 feet.