Video Shows Powerful Texas Tornado Destroys Elementary School Gym

Surveillance video footage shows what it was like in a Texas elementary school gymnasium when it was devastated by a powerful tornado last week. The EF3 twister with wind speeds of at least 140 mph struck around discharge time in Jacksboro, Texasabout 60 miles outside the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

When the tornado hit, hundreds of parents, students and teachers were at a nearby shelter, CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave reported. City officials were given about a half-hour warning that the tornado was imminent, and no deaths were reported.

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Video footage supplied to CBS Dallas-Fort Worth by the Jacksboro Independent School District shows insulation and debris swirling around the gym’s basketball court as the roof collapses.

The footage also shows goalposts on a football field swaying wildly as the tornado rolls through the area, briefly disappearing the field from view.

On Tuesday, the students went back to class for the first time since the tornado, CBS DFW reports. While the elementary school was still damaged, students went to high school or temporary classrooms in a church.

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