Jack County officials provide update after tornado hits area


JACK COUNTY, Texas (KAUZ) – Jack County officials have provided an update after at least one tornado touched down in the Jacksboro area.

Jack County emergency management coordinator Frank Hefner said the tornado debris field is at least two miles wide and most of the damage is extensive. Although heavy damage was reported, Hefner said there were no fatalities or serious injuries to report.

Jack County Rural Fire Chief Jason Jennings said he rescued four people who were trapped and had minor injuries.

About 60 to 80 homes were damaged by the tornado, according to Jennings. Jack County Judge Brian Keith Umphress said many homes were destroyed.

The Jacksboro ISD Elementary and Secondary School was also significantly damaged.

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Hefner said shelter at the Twin Lakes Community Activity Center on Highway 59 is available for anyone in need.

Jack County officials also implemented a countywide 8 p.m. curfew. Rescuers will continue their search throughout the night.

To report damage to homes from this tornado to the Texas Division of Emergency Management, click here.

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