Severe thunderstorms ripped through the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Saturday afternoon. As the storms moved through, winds were strong enough to cause an air-supported practice bubble that covers a field at the Dallas Cowboys' practice facility to collapse. The team's rookies were practicing at the time of the collapse. Several members of the team's staff were injured, including Joe DeCamillis, the special teams coach who suffered a neck injury. The severity of the injuries at this point are not known. Ambulances were seen arriving at the scene and emergency medical technicians were seen entering portions of the bubble that were still standing. meteorologists believe this damage is the result of a microburst, or winds quickly descending from storms at speeds of over 60 mph.

Based on damage, winds were likely over 80 mph, but National Weather Service will verify the damage in the next few days to confirm this. Unfortunately, more storms are expected to impact the area Saturday night and the threat for severe weather and strong winds will continue. Any portion of the practice bubble that is still standing may be unstable from the collapse and any thunderstorm that impacts the area Saturday night could cause further problems.

Story by Senior Meteorologist John Feerick.