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Two Confirmed Tornadoes Moved Through North Texas

Halliburton plant damaged in Panhandle storms, chemical leak reported.

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    The National Weather Service is surveying damage after overnight storms, and confirms a tornado hit the Keller area early Tuesday morning. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015)

    The National Weather Service says two small tornadoes touched down in North Texas early Tuesday morning, leaving a narrow path of damage.

    The EF-0 tornado, with winds of about 85 mph, damaged several homes in Keller on Britney Court near Rufe Snow Drive. One house sustained roof and chimney damage while others had trees and fences knocked over.

    An EF-1 tornado, with winds of up to 95 mph, hit parts of Denton County, with a narrow area of damage found in the Hickory Creek and Corinth areas. Several homes had minor roof damage and some garage doors were destroyed. Several businesses sustained damage as well, including a hotel

    Fort Worth Church Damaged in StormFort Worth Church Damaged in StormHigh winds tore the steeple off the New Life Community Church in Fort Worth early Tuesday morning. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015)

    In the shadow of downtown Fort Worth, the steeple of the former New Life Community Church which closed in August, was torn off.

    The steeple sat in front of the church, the bell that used to hang inside remained peeking from the rooftop.

    Neighbors got out Tuesday morning to see more damage than expected.

    "You know we took a peek outside to look at our cars. We thought everything was OK," said Renee Thomas. "We woke up this morning, not the situation. It's a lot of trees gone, unfortunately."

    As of 11 a.m., 3,100 customers were without power in Dallas County and 4,375 had lost power in Tarrant County, according to Oncor. After several thousand were without power in Collin, Denton and Johnson counties overnight, only a few hundred remain without service mid-morning.

    A donut shop on Beckley Avenue and Illinois Street in Oak Cliff was forced to close when the power went out.

    "They come in at 2:30 in the morning and start frying and start baking everything, and everything just got cut off," said Laura Lopez. "We were told 7 o'clock this morning, still hasn't been fixed. So we're still waiting."

    Workers are used to the shop losing power and profit.

    "Just a little wind will cut it off,  a little rain will cut it off. Stuff like that. So it does hurt your business," said Ruben Quintero who lives nearby.

    NBC DFW spotted Oncor crews working to fix a line over Illinois Avenue at Polk Street.

    "We're accustomed to that. It's nothing new to us. We can live with that, not for long though," said homeowner Armando Pachaco.

    Storms Leave Parts of Oak Cliff Without PowerStorms Leave Parts of Oak Cliff Without PowerStorms early Tuesday morning left many people and businesses in Oak Cliff without power. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015)

    The National Weather Service said five tornadoes ripped through the Texas Panhandle late Monday, downing power lines and damaging a Halliburton plant that was closed at the time.

    National Weather Service forecaster Mike Gittinger in Amarillo said Monday night the full extent of the damage "remains sketchy." But he said none of the storms struck heavily populated areas. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

    Severe storms in the Texas Panhandle damaged a Halliburton plant in Pampa.
    Photo credit: KAMR Local 4 News

    A statement Tuesday said Halliburton's district office near Pampa recently closed and no chemicals or workers were at the location during Monday night's storm. Halliburton officials are investigating damage to the facility.

    The Gray County Sheriff's Office said two deputies responding to severe weather were exposed to chemicals at the Halliburton complex and were checked by medical personnel at the scene. Both deputies declined to be taken to a hospital.

    Four empty cars on a BNSF Railway freight train derailed near Miami, about 20 miles from Pampa, at about 7:30 p.m. Monday. Nobody was injured. The 87-car train was bound from Kansas to Amarillo.

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    BNSF spokesman Joe Faust blamed twisters Tuesday for the derailment, saying the two crew members on board were not harmed.

    The Gray County Sheriff's Office said one house and several businesses were damaged during the twisters east of Pampa. Nobody was hurt.

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