Texas homes hit by tornadoes

/ Source: The Associated Press

Several dozen homes across West and North Texas were hit overnight by tornadoes, part of a storm system that earlier pounded the state with baseball-sized hail and 70-mph winds that also knocked down power lines and trees.

No injuries were immediately reported from the storms that covered an area from north of Abilene to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

"It's a miracle we don't have serious injuries," a sheriff's official in Tarrant County told MSNBC.

In Crowley, just south of Fort Worth, several homes were damaged.

“It was just a tremendous roar and tremendous winds,” homeowner Mike Keith told television station KTVT, adding that his yard was littered with debris.

Earlier in the day, storms hit lightly populated areas near Patricia in Dawson County, southwest of Lubbock in the western part of the state. They may have included one or two tornadoes.

“We feel fairly confident on the Patricia one (being a tornado) because there was a ... spotter out of Lubbock that was on that storm,” said David Hennig, a weather service meteorologist in Midland.

In northern Jones County, Judge Dale Spurgin said a storm damaged roofs in Anson and one highway was closed by downed utility poles. Spurgin said there was minor flooding on some roads.

Hood County emergency management official Roger Deeds said some homes and a fire station were damaged as the storm moved through the region.

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.