Tornadoes cause $2 billion in damage

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1. Nine tornadoes struck the Dallas area Sunday night and caused an estimated $2 billion in damage. The twisters, which reached wind speeds of 140 mph, created the costliest severe weather event in North Texas’ history. No deaths occurred, but homes and infrastructure received significant damage.

Why this matters

Two Dallas ISD elementary schools were destroyed, and other campuses sustained damaged, causing nearly 3,000 students to face relocation to different schools. Along with the damage, power outages forced class cancellations until Thursday for Dallas ISD. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration to speed up the recovery process. Click here to aid Dallas ISD in tornado relief.

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