Emergency service staff have begun a search and rescue operation for residents stuck in the area, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reported after the local weather service visually confirmed a tornado in the northeast Dallas area late last night.
Monday morning, more than 100,000 customers were without power in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area, power company Oncor said.
Local residents were told not to approach any downed power lines by the City of Dallas, which added that they should "call 911 immediately" if they saw a fallen power line sparking. The city said there were reports of gas leaks north of Walnut Hill.
Dallas Fire-Rescue says there have been no reports of fatalities or serious injuries in the aftermath of a Sunday night tornado, but three people were hospitalized for evaluation of non-life-threatening injuries. A second set of teams will resume search efforts in daylight.
Six schools across the Dallas Independent School District canceled classes Monday due to the extensive damage some of the campuses sustained in the storm, the district tweeted.
The storms also caused damage in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri as the system moved to the northeast early Monday.
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A radio station, KNON-FM, went off the air as the studio suffered major damage from the tornado.
The city opened a shelter at 2 a.m.at the Bachman Recreation Center.
Dallas Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Jason Evans said the department was responding to a structural collapse, from which seven people made it out safely.
The weather service said crews were headed out Monday morning to determine whether straight line winds or small tornadoes caused the damage.
Meanwhile, the line of storms responsible for the tornado threatened parts of the Plains with more severe weather.
The storm happened as multiple severe thunderstorm watches and warnings covered portions of four counties, including Dallas County, and more stormy weather was expected in the area during the overnight hours.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.