After the Storm: NWS declares tornado an EF2

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Posted on September 9, 2010 at 7:55 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 7 at 5:46 PM

DALLAS - As of noon Thursday, nearly 3,800 customers in North Texas were still without power after the EF2-rated tornado blew through Wednesday.

Dallas was among 40 Texas counties listed in a state disaster declaration made by Gov. Rick Perry, read a statement from the Office of the Governor.

Wednesday's tornado frenzy began with a warning just after 5 p.m.

Funnel clouds started to form near Ferris, which was hit with damage as well as Seagoville and Lindsay in Cooke County.

The tornado touched down just northwest of downtown Dallas. It was a rare sight, with a funnel cloud spinning up debris and leaving a massive mess for several businesses in the industrial area.

"This would be kind of on the low level of an EF2," said Mark Fox, with the National Weather Service. "That would start at a 110 mph, or goes to 120, 130 mph."

The large grouping of storms leftover from what once was Tropical Storm Hermine moved northwest into the Oklahoma area early Thursday morning. With North Texas still in the tail-end of the storms, scattered showers were expected across North Texas Thursday. But, drier air is expected to bring the sun out.

While the severe storm threat may be over, the cleanup is just beginning. Also, the City of Dallas continues to keep a close eye of the Trinity River, where waters rose above its normal bank.

One building on the corner of Mockingbird Lane and Irving Boulevard was particularly hit hard by the tornado. The roof could be seen caved in; and a large chunk of the wall was ripped open, exposing the inside of the building.

Fox went to the site Thursday to assess the damage.

"Because it did very little other damage other than to this one building," he said of their determination of the tornado as an EF2.

An 18-wheeler wedged up beside the building had the roof of its trailer torn away and debris could be seen sprawled across the vehicle. Watching the tornado approach, the driver said he feared he would be sucked up by it. But, instead, his truck was thrown into the building, which is what is believed to have contributed to the heavy amount of damage.
 
Many driving to work in the industrial area Thursday morning found themselves detoured due to the mess left behind from the tornado. While there were downed power lines throughout the area, the power was off.

The touch and go of the tornado was apparent by the buildings that were damaged and those that were not. While that particularly building was hit hard, its neighbor looked untouched. However, a few blocks down, another large building also had its roof caved in from the tornado.

WFAA reporter Chris Hawes and meteorologist Greg Fields contributed to this report

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