A large tornado collapsed an abandoned building, grazed police headquarters and damaged several other buildings Tuesday night in the heart of Mineral Wells, Texas, west of Dallas, authorities told NBC News.
Mineral Wells police told NBC News that the twister collapsed an abandoned bank building behind the Baker Hotel, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The tornado passed by police headquarters, which wasn't seriously damaged.
No injuries were reported in the immediate aftermath of the tornado, which touched down near a highway one mile west of town at 7:25 p.m. (8:25 p.m. ET) and headed straight for downtown, the National Weather Service's Fort Worth office said.
There was "so much damage there's been no assessment," a dispatcher for the Palo Pinto County Sheriff's Office told NBC News. Authorities said they would have a better idea of the extent in the morning.
Police Chief Dean Sullivan told NBC DFW that the damage was concentrated in the downtown business area. A county annex building and at least two churches were also damaged, and several other businesses lost their roofs, he said. Power remained out across the city as cleanup crews worked in darkness late Tuesday.
"It's a pretty impressive storm," Sullivan said. "We're thankful nobody was injured. We're a pretty tight-knot community, and hopefully we'll pull through this."
The state Department of Public Safety urged people to stay out of downtown Mineral Wells, an old North Texas mining town of about 16,000. Downed power lines, debris and damaged buildings could cause injuries, it said.
The twisters appeared to be the products of a severe thunderstorm system that spun off tornadoes across Texas and Oklahoma, The Weather Channel reported.
Authorities in Bridgeport, in Wise County northwest of Dallas, reported that a tornado was sighted between the town and Runaway Bay late Tuesday. The Wise County Messenger newspaper quoted Bridgeport Fire Chief Terry Long as saying that several structures were damaged and that power lines and trees were down.
Local reports that an undetermined number of people were trapped in a building in Runaway Bay couldn't immediately be confirmed.
Other tornadoes were spotted near Purcell and Lexington, Oklahoma, near Oklahoma City, and near Waxahachie, McCamey and Bakersfield in Texas, it said. No significant injuries were reported.