by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – Texans were told to shelter in place as a massive super tornado hit northern Texas near Morton and was making its way across the state on Tuesday morning, Fox News reports. The tornado has wind gusts up to 70 mph, National Weather Service officials in Lubbock said.
While Governor Gregg Abbot had not declared a state of emergency as at 9.30 am, the National Weather Service said in an online post: “TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building.”
Residents were also told to steer clear of windows and to go to the nearest stable building if they were outside. The tornado is expected to cause damage to trees, vehicles, and rooftops, and residents were told to protect themselves from flying debris.
In a tweet, the National Weather Service in Lubbock added: “A line of thunderstorms is moving across Bailey, Parmer, and Castro County with the strongest part of this line approaching Muleshoe. Hail up to half dollar size and 70 mph wind gusts will be possible.”
The National Weather Service has also warned that tornadoes are very difficult to see at night and that residents should not rely on their eyes or ears to detect them.
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