Pampa tornado aftermath

Pampa tornado aftermath

Pampa, TX - Two tornadoes touched down in Pampa Monday night damaging several businesses and destroying two houses.

Pampa city officials said the impact of the storm was only severe in some areas of the city. Chief Deputy of Gray County, Steven White, said the most damage that occurred happened to the Halliburton Business Complex on County Road 12 1/2, East of Pampa. Several buildings and cars in the complex were destroyed but no one was injured.

Residents were also affected by the tornadoes, two families lost their homes. Pampa resident, Mark Friend, said the tornadoes destroyed his double wide trailer home and carried the debris over 200 feet away."We came out of this alive my wife, my daughter, and me and my son in law so and the rest of it is replaceable," Friend said. Despite his loss Friend is trying to stay positive. "Like any good farmer knows you get up in the morning and go on," Friend said. "We're going to pick this up and as soon as it dries up I'll go back to planting wheat and we'll clean up as we can and just go on."

Monday night rumors spread through Pampa that two deputies were exposed to dangerous chemicals. White said those deputies are fine and police believe they were exposed to natural gas. Pampa areas with significant damage from the storm are Farm to Market Road 749 South of Pampa and US Highway 60 East of Pampa.

White said people should avoid areas where there are work crews because it will delay the clean up process.