Tornadoes Sucking Up Truck Trailers - Scenes of Destruction in Dallas, Texas - March 3, 201

Tornadoes Slam Dallas-Fort Worth Area

At least two tornadoes violently spun through the Dallas-Forth Worth area, collapsing roofs, ripping down power lines and tossing trailers around like toys, authorities said Tuesday, but few injuries and no deaths were reported.

The National Weather Service said "considerable damage" had been reported near Cleburne, south of Fort Worth, and Lancaster, south of Dallas. Local television footage showed overturned and smashed semi-trailers on the ground in the southern portion of Dallas County. "Obviously we're going to have a lot of assessments to make when this is done," Dallas County spokeswoman Maria Arita said.

Flights heading to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport were being delayed almost three hours. AccuWeather reported significant damage at Six Flags Amusement Park in Arlington.

Dallas Police spokeswoman Sherri Jeffrey said twisters also caused damage inside the city limits. The storms spewed hail, some as large as baseballs, the weather service said. All tornado warning in the immediate Dallas-Fort Worth area were canceled by the National Weather Service around 3 p.m CT, although two tornado warnings were still in effect for counties several miles northeast of Dallas.

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. CT, the National Weather Service reported. Weather service advisories said storm spotters and radar had showed separate "large and extremely dangerous" tornadoes south of Dallas and Fort Worth.

"There's tremendous damage here," NBC 5 reported from Lancaster. The station reported that a daycare center was heavily damaged but that the children and adults inside appeared safe.

Footage from highway video cameras showed a large, dark funnel cloud moving on the ground not far from a major interstate early Tuesday afternoon.

Crumpled orange tractor trailers were later visible in a Dallas County parking lot, as well as flattened trailers along the sides of highways and access roads. The storm pushed cars into fences and toppled trees over. Branches and limbs were scattered across lawns and in the streets. A tow-behind RV was torn apart and crumpled in a driveway where part of a roof from a house landed.

Source: celestialconvergence * Sheilaaliens

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