Security Cameras Capture Violent Tornado Inside Texas Schools

JACKSBORO, Texas (KFDX/KJTL) — Two weeks ago, an EF-3 tornado touched down in Jacksboro, Texas. It lay on the ground for 45 minutes, sometimes reaching half a mile wide, and damaged Jacksboro Elementary School and Jacksboro High School.

The damage to both schools was extensive, prompting Jacksboro Independent School District officials to cancel classes for an entire week.

Students returned to class on Tuesday, March 29, although repairs to both campuses are still underway in some sections of the schools.

On Monday, Jacksboro ISD officials released surveillance footage from inside schools that shows the moment the tornado slammed into buildings, giving an incredible new look at the tornado’s devastation.

Footage from four different cameras was sent to the KFDX/KJTL newsroom, with each angle shedding new light on the tornado’s impact on schools.

One angle shows the moment Jacksboro Elementary has been damaged, capped by a close encounter with part of the ceiling falling and Principal Michael Qualls.

Another angle shows the destruction of the Jacksboro Elementary gymnasium, representing for several moments a swirling, tornado cloud of debris and insulation.

The third set of images, taken from Jacksboro High School, shows an entire gymnasium wall collapsing and strong winds continuing to damage the interior of the school.

A final look from the Jacksboro High School football field shows how strong the winds were and how heavy the rain was, scattering equipment and causing uprights to bend and swing violently.

As the city continues to recover from the damage caused by this storm, these new insights help paint a clearer picture of the devastating effects of a tornado. The new footage is also a reminder of how miraculous it is that no lives were lost and no one was seriously injured.


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