Jacksboro, Texas, Reportedly Hit by Tornado, High School and Homes Damaged

Police in Jacksboro, Texas, confirmed that a tornado hit the ground on Monday afternoon.

There have been reports of damage, though the full extent has not yet been specified, according to local news station KTVT. Unverified reports on social media said that several homes, a local animal shelter and Jacksboro High School are among the damaged buildings.

The storm comes as the beginning of spring brings severe conditions to the area, with AccuWeather reporting "explosive weather" across Texas and Oklahoma on Monday.

In the past month, the region has seen a variety of extreme weather conditions that have ranged from ice and snow to warm and dry temperatures that helped fuel wildfires. Late last week, evacuations were ordered for central Texas due to the wildfires.

Photos of the damage shared on social media on Monday showed Jacksboro High School's gym destroyed, with the ceiling partially gone and at least one of the walls in shambles. A different photo shows damage to a classroom in Jacksboro Elementary School, with the roof caved in. Police said students at the schools were released to their parents earlier that day, but students who ride the bus had to stay until the storm passes, according to KTVT.

In a tweet, WFAA reporter Cynthia Izaguirre said Jacksboro High School's principal and emergency crews confirmed that no children at the high school or elementary school were injured.

Another image showed what appears to be a destroyed home and debris hanging from tree branches. The Texas Department of Transportation's Fort Worth office said all the lanes on U.S. 281 near Jacksboro were closed due to debris from the tornado. More images shared by WeatherNation show debris blocking the roads.

Those seeking shelter can go to the Twin Lakes Community Center in Jacksboro, KTVT added. An anchor for the news station tweeted that an individual who works for the city confirmed that there is "lots of damage" but said that "every available person" in the city has made an effort to help those who have been caught in the storm.

Reports out of Bowie, Texas, which is about 34 miles from Jacksboro, indicate that buildings in that city also experienced damage due to the severe weather.

Earlier on Monday, the National Weather Service had issued a tornado watch for several parts of Texas, including Dallas, Austin and San Antonio, according to AccuWeather. The watch continues to be in effect until 10 p.m. CT.

Texas A&M University also cancelled classes Monday afternoon at its Bryan-College Station regional campus due to the weather warnings.

According to the AccuWeather reports, the first day of spring "is coming in like a lion for parts of Texas and Oklahoma," with some regions dealing with a tornado watch and a blizzard warning at the same time.

Update 03/21/2022, 7:10 p.m. ET: This story was updated with additional information and a new headline.

Another Tornado Reported in Texas
Authorities in Jacks County, Texas, reported a tornado on Monday. Above, an American flag placed in the rubble of damaged business Bertram Blend and Boutique after a severe thunderstorm on March 23 in Bertram, Texas. Photo by Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images