Tornadoes Hit Dallas

April 6, 2012 by staff 

Tornadoes Hit Dallas, Three tornadoes violently spinning in the Dallas-Forth Worth area are collapsing roofs, ripping down power lines and tossing trailers around like toys, authorities say.

Weather service advisories said storm spotters and radar showed separate “large and extremely dangerous” tornadoes south of Dallas and Fort Worth.

The weather service says “considerable damage” has been reported near Cleburne, south of Fort Worth, and Lancaster, south of Dallas. Local television footage shows overturned and smashed semi-trailers on the ground in the southern portion of Dallas County. Dallas Police spokeswoman Sherri Jeffrey says twisters also have caused damage in the city limits.

A tornado watch — meaning that conditions are ripe for tornadoes to continue to form — was in place for 33 counties in north-central and northeastern Texas until 8 p.m. CDT, the National Weather Service reported.

Update at 3:41 p.m. ET: AccuWeather reports significant damage at Six Flags Amusement Park in Arlington.

Flights heading to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport are being delayed almost 3 hours.

Update at 3:32 p.m. ET: The twisters flung cars and trucks from roadways, NBC reports.

“There’s lots of 18-wheelers,” an NBC 5 reporter said from near Arlington. “I’ve never seen this before.”

“There’s tremendous damage here,” said another NBC 5 reporter, in Lancaster. He said that daycare center was heavily damage but that the children and adults inside appeared safe.

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