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Tornadoes strike the Dallas area Saturday

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Posted at 7:10 PM, Dec 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-26 21:10:18-05

The emergency manager for a county south of Dallas says some homes have been destroyed and damaged during a fierce storm that spawned tornadoes in the area.

Stephanie Parker is the emergency manager for Ellis County, which is about 30 miles south of Dallas. She posted on twitter: "We have destroyed and damaged homes. Please do not get out on the roads if you do not have to."

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth confirmed that a tornado touched down south of Dallas earlier this evening. No other details of damage were immediately available.

Tornado warnings were issued for Dallas proper shortly before 6 p.m. Central time. Multiple photos posted by storm chasers on Twitter indicated multiple tornadoes struck near Dallas Saturday evening.