Watch: Powerful Winds Send Amazon Warehouse Roof Flying During Storms
NBC 5 Weather Expert Keisha Burns said 78 mph wind gusts were recorded at DFW Airport
Powerful winds from an overnight storm sent the roof of an Irving Amazon fulfillment center flying into the air and onto cars parked below.
It happened as a line of severe storms moved through North Texas between 4 and 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Video captured outside the warehouse, located off Texas 114 near the north entrance of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, showed sheets of metal and debris wrapped around cars parked outside the building.
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"I was sitting in my truck trying to record the heavy rain in the wind, when all of a sudden came a loud crashing noise of the roof hitting the ground," Marcus Hawthorne wrote in an email to iSee@nbcdfw.com.
"Severe weather caused structural damage to the air gateway in Dallas. The facility is currently closed, and everyone who was working there is safe," Amazon said in a statement to NBC 5.
NBC 5 Weather Expert Keisha Burns said 78 mph wind gusts were recorded at DFW Airport around the time of the incident.
In Mineral Wells, high winds caused damage along a stretch of U.S. 180.
"It doesn't take a tornado for it to be dangerous," Mineral Wells Building Official Tony Stubblefield said as he surveyed damage. "The downdraft came through and... damaged these buildings pretty severely."
"Just enough to tear it all to pieces," said Lynn Reasoner looking at a pile of wood that used to be part of his family auto repair business. "It's hard to build something up and see it torn down real quick."
Reasoner, a volunteer firefighter with Mineral Wells, got a call from the fire department at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.
"He said ,'You might want to come up. I think part of your building is all scattered across the road,'" Reasoner said. "Being always the first one to try to help other people, looking at something that's actually happened to you, you get a better understanding of what they go through sometimes."
In Dallas County, several planes at Grand Prairie Municipal Airport were severely damaged during the morning storms. There were no injuries reported there.
In Johnson County, a woman was hospitalized when the mobile home she was in tipped over and landed on a car parked out front.
"Before I knew it, it blew my glass doors in then the house just started tumbling," Kim Howell said.
In Princeton, a small town in Collin County, strong wind ripped the roof off stables at Heritage Hill Equestrian Center.
The owner, Antje Mowell, said none of the 35 horses were hurt.
NBC 5's Meredith Yeomans, Noelle Walker and Chris Blake contributed to this report.