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Tornado Touches Down in Texas — After Flash Flooding, Hail and an Earthquake (UPDATE: One Dead, One Critically Injured After Tornadoes)



UPDATE 9:14 p.m. EST: A brief clip of damage after the Cisco tornado:

UPDATE 8:30 p.m. EST: One person is dead and another critically injured in Cisco after a series of tornadoes, according to KTVT-TV.

An official in North Texas says homes have been destroyed and some people are unaccounted for. Eastland County Judge Rex Fields told the Associated Press there was a "considerable amount of damage" in the county, about 100 miles west of Fort Worth. He says damage assessment was difficult Saturday because of heavy rains.

After the Cisco tornado, a second one touched down north of Wichita Falls, the AP added. A police dispatcher in Burkburnett, who declined to give her name due to department policy, says that the tornado touched down north of town. Burkburnett is about 15 miles north of Wichita Falls.

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A tornado was sighted Saturday afternoon near Cisco, Texas — about two hours west of Dallas — and it's moving east about 15 mph, KSPR-TV reported, citing the National Weather Service.

The NWS elevated to "moderate" the risk of tornadoes in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area on Saturday.

Overall, nearly 50 counties across the state were under a tornado watch, and a tornado warning was issued for parts of Eastland County — about 100 miles west of Fort Worth.

But that's not all the Lone Star state had to deal with as the weekend began.

An earthquake hit the Dallas-Fort Worth area late Saturday morning, WFAA-TV reported. It was a 2.7 magnitude quake, according to the United States Geological Survey.

And in addition to 3-inch hail from severe storms earlier in the day, there were widespread reports of flooding across North Texas, WFAA reported. The Dallas-Fort Worth area was placed under a Flash Flood Watch until Monday morning.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

This story has been updated.

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