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No Major Injuries After Apparent Tornado Leaves Behind 2-Mile Debris Field in Jacksboro

Jacksboro High School and Elementary School both have significant damage

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An unconfirmed tornado Monday afternoon has left behind significant damage in Jacksboro, including at Jacksboro High School and Jacksboro Elementary School.

Officials in Jacksboro said Monday night that a debris field from the storm is at least two miles wide.

No one was seriously injured or killed.

Teams with The National Weather Service will survey damage in Jack County and other areas with storm damage, the weather service said Tuesday.

Law enforcement officials in Jacksboro spoke to the media Tuesday morning, likening the lack of serious injuries or deaths in Monday's storm as a "miracle."

Jacksboro ISD's facilities will remain closed through the week, including after-school practices and sporting events, the district said on its website.

Four people had to be rescued from a damaged home but were not seriously hurt.

The Jacksboro fire chief estimated Monday night that at least 60 to 80 homes were damaged in the storm.

The tornado hit Jacksboro ISD's elementary school just as students were to be dismissed, which meant the staff kept hundreds of students safe inside of the building in two interior hallways, while also helping rush arriving parents to safety inside of the building.

"It's just a miracle," said Scott Haynes, chief of the Jacksboro Police Department. "This campus did a great job, the faculty, staff - parents were lined up to pick up. They got everyone to get out and get in the hallways."

PHOTOS: Jacksboro Tornado Damage

There are also reports that the Jacksboro Aminal Shelter took a direct hit from the same storm. When NBC 5 called the shelter, they told us Monday night that they were out surveying the damage.

There are also reports of trees blocking portions of Highway 380. Firefighters report major damage in the area of Highway 380 and FM 4 west of Jacksboro.

As of Monday night, the Faith Community Hospital in Jacksboro was operating on a backup generator but did not have any serious damage.

The National Weather Service will survey storm reports this week. This map plots tornado reports and wind damage reports in northwestern areas of Fort Worth and the Carrollton area.
The National Weather Service will survey storm reports this week. This map plots tornado reports and wind damage reports in northwestern areas of Fort Worth and the Carrollton area.

Emergency Shelter Opens

A shelter has been set up in Jacksboro for anyone who may need it at the Twin Lakes Activity Center located at 1114 TX-59. The Red Cross is currently at the shelter to assist anyone who may need it.

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