A witness said the tornado moved through a mobile home park, knocking over trailers and uprooting trees.
Three people were killed and dozens injured when a tornado hit Perryton, Texas, USA.
The National Weather Service in Amarillo confirmed that a tornado touched down in the area Thursday afternoon. But there was no immediate word on its size or wind speed, meteorologist Luigi Macariello said.
Perryton Fire Chief Paul Dutcher told reporters that three people were killed in the storm. He said at least one person was killed in a mobile home park that took a “direct hit” from the tornado.
Dutcher said at least 30 trailers were damaged or destroyed and firefighters were rescuing people from the wreckage.
First responders from surrounding areas and Oklahoma descended on the city, home to more than 8,000 people.
Storm chaser Brian Emfinger told Fox Weather he saw the twister moving through a mobile home park, shaking trailers and uprooting trees.
“I’ve seen tornadoes do some serious damage to the industrial part of town,” he said. “Unfortunately, just west of there, there’s mobile home after mobile home after mobile home that has been completely destroyed. Significant damage has been done.”
About 50,000 customers were without power in Texas and Oklahoma, according to the website poweroutage.us.
Achilltree General Hospital in Perryton said on Facebook, “Walking/wounds please visit clinic. Everyone else is in the hospital ER.”
The hospital also said an American Red Cross shelter has been set up at the Ochiltree County Expo Center.
Kelly Judis, the hospital’s interim CEO, said “we’ve been scorned” by patients. “We saw somewhere between 50 and 100 patients,” Judge said, adding that about 10 were transferred to other hospitals in critical condition.
“Patients had minor to major trauma, from head injuries to collapsed lungs, concussions, broken bones,” he said.
Chris Samples of local radio station KXDJ-FM said the station was operating on auxiliary power. “The whole city is out of power,” he said.
By evening, the weather front was moving southeast across Oklahoma.
The Weather Service said a second round of storms will continue through that state and parts of Texas into the evening while the risk of severe weather, including tornadoes, remains for the metropolitan Oklahoma City area.