CANADIAN, Texas–A tornado touched down in northwestern Texas Wednesday, damaging a gas drilling rig and resulting in serious injuries, the Hemphill County Sheriff’s Office and a hospital official said.
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The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado at 5:20 p.m. local time and warned people to take shelter.
Hemphill County Hospital Chief Executive Christi Francis said three patients with serious injuries from the tornado are being treated at the facility, but could not say if they were hurt at the gas rig or somewhere else.
The tornado north of Canadian, Texas, a town of about 2,600 people in the northeast corner of the Panhandle, comes as other parts of the state have been hammered by heavy rains that have killed at least 14 people in central and southeastern parts of the state, including Houston.
The National Weather Service said thunderstorms in the Texas Panhandle and the Oklahoma Panhandle are possible Wednesday night, with the potential for damaging hail and winds.
More rain fell Wednesday on Houston, where six people died in flooding after weekend storms, but the National Weather Service the chance for more thunderstorms Wednesday night and Thursday morning remains low.
The deaths of seven people in Oklahoma have been blamed on severe weather since Friday, authorities have said. One of those deaths was caused by a tornado that struck Bryan County on Monday, officials said.