Three storm chasers die after tornadoes hit west Texas

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The system took a heavy toll on utilities in North Texas, where provider Oncor TXEFHO.UL said about 50,000 of its customers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area were without power as of Wednesday afternoon.

Our next severe weather threat arrives today as a deep surface low, supported by a strong upper trough, will be over Missouri this afternoon. According to, one injury was reported in the Dalton Ranch neighborhood, where a row of homes suffered severe damage in the storms.

While there were no watches or warnings issued as of press time, NWS was calling for the possibility of severe thunderstorms Wednesday evening, along with a strong chance for large hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per hour.

Spur is almost 70 miles east of Lubbock, Texas. The Port of Houston said it didn't know if a twister was to blame.

Skow made no predictions confirming that outlook, but said the state averages 86 tornadoes a year. The storm system is moving eastward after striking Tuesday in Texas and Oklahoma, where a truck driver was killed when high winds toppled his semitrailer.

Three storm chasers are dead after colliding at an intersection while chasing a tornado in Dickens County, Texas.

A few storm chasers predicted that deaths would continue. The center predicts "an active severe weather event" Thursday from New Orleans to Cincinnati.

Within the "enhanced risk" over Northwest Alabama, tornadoes are possible along with large hail and damaging winds.

John Hampton stands outside his brother's house that was damaged following a storm early in the morning in Rockwall, Texas on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. The storms spawned multiple funnel clouds and. Thirteen lives were lost in the storm area then.

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Fallen tree limbs and rising waterways were among the obstacles for motorists during the Wednesday morning commute.

Williamson, along with fellow chaser Randy Yarnell, were killed instantly when they ran a stop sign Tuesday and collided with another chaser - Corbin Jaeger from Arizona.

Kelley Gene Williamson, 57, of Cassville, Missouri, was driving the Suburban. The Suburban's passenger was Randall Delane Yarnall, 55, also of Cassville.

The other men were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident, but all three were killed instantly.

Experts say storm chasers provide valuable research for the government and help give increased warning times to residents near a tornado's path.

Three storm chasers also died yesterday in a collision as they raced toward a tornado-warned storm in West Texas, authorities said.

Late Tuesday, storms struck Oklahoma and northern Texas with tornadoes, tennis ball-sized hail and powerful winds.

In addition to the three storm chasers, a truck driver died near Oklahoma City when his rig was pushed off the highway by a gust of wind, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.