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The Latest: No Halliburton crews at Pampa site during storm

DALLAS — The latest on severe weather in parts of Texas (all times local):

7:50 a.m.

Halliburton officials say no employees were at a chemical facility in the Texas Panhandle when the site was hit by a tornado.

The National Weather Service says at least five tornadoes touched down in the area Monday night.

A statement Tuesday says Halliburton’s district office near Pampa recently closed and no chemicals or workers were at the location during Monday night’s storm. Halliburton officials are investigating damage to the facility.

The Gray County Sheriff’s Office says two deputies responding to severe weather were exposed to chemicals at the Halliburton complex and were checked by medical personnel at the scene. Both deputies declined to be taken to a hospital.

Four empty cars on a BNSF Railway freight train derailed near Miami, about 20 miles from Pampa. Nobody was injured. The 87-car train was bound from Kansas to Amarillo.

Dallas-based Oncor reports about 32,00 customers without power, mainly in North and East Texas, amid storms and heavy rain.

7:20 a.m.

Several cars of a BNSF Railway freight train have derailed in the Texas Panhandle during tornadoes that left two people slightly injured.

The Roberts County Sheriff’s Office says four cars derailed Monday night near Miami. The area is about 20 miles from Pampa, where the National Weather Service reports at least five tornadoes touched down in a rural area.

BNSF spokesman Joe Faust on Tuesday blamed twisters for the derailment of four empty cars around 7:30 p.m. Monday. Faust says the two crewmembers on board were not harmed. He says the 87-car train was headed from Wellington, Kansas, to Amarillo.

The Gray County Sheriff’s Office says one house and several businesses were damaged during the twisters east of Pampa. Nobody was hurt.

A chemical leak was discovered at the nearby Halliburton plant but crews deemed the complex safe and the site was being evaluated. Two deputies were exposed to chemicals and treated at the scene.

Heavy rain moved through the Dallas-Fort Worth area early Tuesday. Dallas-based electric provider Oncor reported about 35,000 customers without power, mainly in North Texas as the storms moved east.

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