Weather Blog: Tornadoes touch down in North Texas

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Posted on September 8, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 7 at 5:46 PM

The remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine first brought heavy rain and flooding to North Texas on Wednesday. Then... as the sun began peeking through... funnel clouds began to form, spawning a series of tornadoes in Ellis and Dallas counties. One of the tornadoes was in clear view of downtown Dallas as it was seen moving from West Dallas, across the Trinity River and toward Love Field. Here is a minute-by-minute account of what happened.


8:29 p.m. Damage from the tornado that touched down in Ferris around 5:30 p.m. was limited primarily to outbuildings, although one enclosed patio was also hit. A woman hit by flying debris was the only person who was injured; she had sought shelter under a bridge along Interstate 45. She was treated and released. - WFAA

8:26 p.m.  Dallas Fire-Rescue said they have reports of only one person injured as a tornado swept across West Dallas and into Northwest Dallas this evening. Jason Evans, a spokesman for Dallas Fire-Rescue, said the truck driver was the only person injured. "We're extremely lucky," said fire department spokesman Jason Evans. "A lot of businesses in this area allowed their employees to go home early, which helps.

Flash flooding further south endangered motorists, killing at least two. - AP

8 p.m. One twister slammed a tractor-trailer rig into a brick paint warehouse in Dallas, causing the building to topple onto the cab. The driver was taken to a hospital. Part of a warehouse roof nearby also collapsed.

Bryan Burnes, 25, of Irving, who works for a wrecker service, was on his way home when he saw a tornado touch down and then came across the tractor-trailer that was smashed into the warehouse. Burnes said that he took a crowbar, and with the help of other passers-by, helped the man out of the truck. He said the driver had some cuts and bruises.

"It goes to show you people can endure horrible things and walk away," Burnes said. - AP

7:35 p.m. Aerial views over Seagoville show that a tornado caused heavy damage to a handful of homes, leaving dozens of others in the same neighborhood unscathed. Nearby, at Farmers Road and Huddleston Street, a the top of a roof was ripped off a home, fences were blown down and a motorhome was on its side. - WFAA

7:28 p.m. Damage is being reported near Lindsay in Cooke County, where a Tornado Warning is in effect until 8 p.m. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

7:08 p.m. A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 1 a.m. Thursday for most of North Texas including Dallas, Tarrant, Denton and Collin counties. - National Weather Service

6:43 p.m. The Tornado Warning for Dallas County has expired; the Tornado Warning for Rockwall County has been canceled. - National Weather Service

6:40 p.m. The tornado has caused a commercial building to partially collapse at Mockingbird Lane at Westmoreland Road. - WFAA

6:34 p.m. It looked like we had a brief rotation, a funnel, at the base of the wall cloud as it passed near Addison Airport, but the activity broke apart. We remain on alert because the atmosphere still has enough energy for more rotation within this wall cloud for about 60 to 90 minutes until sundown. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus.

6:33 p.m. The Tornado Warning for northwestern Kaufman County is canceled. - National Weather Service

6:31 p.m. A Tornado Warning remains in effect until 6:45 pm for north central Dallas County. At 6:24 pm, storm spotters and doppler radar observed a developing tornado. This tornado was located near Highland Park, moving northeast at 20 mph. This storm has already produced a tornado. The tornado will be near Buckingham and Richardson around 645 pm. A tornado warning for northwestern Kaufman County and Rockwall County is in effect until 7 pm. - National Weather Service

 6:14 p.m. The tornado has not weakened over the past five or six minutes; moving to the northeast at 30 mph. Now moving in the general direction of Love Field. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

6:12 p.m. "It's a fairly decent-sized tornado right now," said Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus as a funnel cloud was seen moving over West Dallas. "It looks like it's crossing the Trinity River; I can see more debris that it's picking up." - WFAA

6:10 p.m. A tornado is on the ground south of downtown Dallas. - WFAA

6:05 p.m. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a Tornado Warning for central Dallas County until 6:45 pm. At 6:01 pm, National Weather Service meteorologists detected a developing tornado near Cockrell Hill moving northeast at 20 mph. The tornado warning for northwestern Collin and eastern Denton counties is canceled. A Tornado Warning remains in effect until 6:30 pm for northwestern Kaufman and east central Dallas counties. - National Weather Service

5:51 p.m. A Tornado Warning remains in effect until 6:30 p.m. for northwestern Kaufman and east central Dallas counties. At 5:51 p.m. storm spotters and doppler radar observed a tornado. This tornado was located near Seagoville moving northeast at 25 mph.- National Weather Service

5:50 p.m. A tornado is on the ground in southeastern Dallas County. - WFAA meteorologist Steve McCauley

5:45 p.m. The National Weather service has issued a Tornado Warning for western Collin County and eastern Denton County until 6:15 p.m. At 5:37 p.m., National Weather Service meteorologists detected a developing tornado 4 miles south of Hebron moving northeast at 35 mph.  The tornado will be near  The Colony and Plano around 5:45 p.m.; Hackberry around 5:50 p.m.; Frisco around 5:55 p.m.; Prosper and McKinney around 6:05 p.m.; Celina around 6:10 p.m.; Weston and Melissa around 6:15 p.m. - National Weather Service

5:36 p.m. WFAA meteorologist Steve McCauley reporting from the Dallas-Kaufman county line on the west side of Combine: "We had a very brief spin-up of the tornado about a minute-and-a-half ago. It has since lifted back up. The wall cloud is now less defined than it was," he said. "I can see some very definite circulaton on the back of this storm. Right now it is not touching the ground, but it was about a couple of minutes ago — a very fine, thin filament of a tornado was definitely there, but it didn't last more than five or six seconds and it has now gone back up to the clouds." - WFAA

5:32 p.m. A wall cloud is right along the Dallas-Ellis county line on Interstate 45. The circulation is starting to increase and the storm is headed toward Seagoville.  Meteorologist Pete Delkus.

5:22 p.m. The Texas Department of Public Safety reports that a funnel cloud has been spotted on the ground to the north of Palmer, south of Ferris in Ellis County. - WFAA

5:20 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for southeastern Dallas County and northeastern Ellis County until 5:45 pm.  At 5:12 pm, National Weather Service meteorologists detected a developing tornado 5 miles southwest of Ferris, moving northeast at 30 mph. - National Weather Service

4:46 p.m. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office has added some information about the high water victim near a low water bridge on CR 607 south of CR 508. Officials said the victim was a white male approximately 60 years old. He was found about 200 yards downstream from his vehicle, which had been washed into a grove of trees. - WFAA

4:15 p.m. The flash flood warning for Hill County has expired; a flash flood watch continues for most of North Texas — including Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton counties — through Thursday morning.  - National Weather Service

4:11 p.m. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office says a 40-year-old man found his car stalled in high water at CR 607 and CR 508 at around 3 p.m. He got out of the car and was swept away by the swift water.  The victim's identity is not available. - WFAA

3:10 p.m. There has been one confirmed fatality just north of Alvarado in Johnson County. The body was recovered from flood waters, but there has been no confirmation on the actual cause of death. -WFAA's Cynthia Izaguirre.

2:28 p.m. The raft of the Carrollton High Water Rescue Team flipped over, after a rescue in Lewisville. They had to get to one of their own firefighters. Everyone was OK but it gives you an idea of how difficult these swift water rescues are, especially with those under water currents. - WFAA's Cynthia Izaguirre.

2:07 p.m. We continue to see some scattered rain in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We are going to continue to see rain in the area for the next four to six hours. That's going to enhance the flooding problems that we have. The flash flood warning for the area does stay in effect through tonight. It will finally come to an end tomorrow morning. - WFAA's WFAA Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus.

12:34 p.m. Teaming up with firefighters to assist in their apartment rescue, we shut down the road and then landed on a road that was shut off to pick up Battalion Chief David Stapp from the Arlington Fire and Rescue. Swift-water rescue crews have been working throughout the early afternoon looking for stranded people and even animals.

"Right now, the plan is we are taking advantage of the rain stopping, hoping it holds off so that most of this can recede," Stapp said from the chopper. "We don't appear to have anyone that is in any eminent danger right now. So, rather than risk dragging them through the water, the plan right now is to let the water recede and move people out in the most safe manner." - Troy Bush from HD Chopper 8 in Arlington

12:33 p.m. With many more still stranded at the Willows II Apartments in Arlington, WFAA has been able to assist with their HD Chopper 8 helicopter. Fire crews boarded the helicopter to give them better access to those trapped. - WFAA.com

12:18 p.m. Rescue crews have been working throughout the early afternoon rescuing trapped residents and animals at the Willows II Apartments, which is located in the 2000 block of Park Springs Boulevard. Rescuers used a firetruck ladder to reach across the high waters and up onto the rooftops. From there, crews went from apartment to apartment checking for residents and animals unable to wade safely through the waters. - WFAA.com

11:37 a.m. A driver lost control of a pickup truck that landed on the median during the heavy rain on Interstate 35 just north of Interstate 20 in Dallas. The truck could be seen dangling with its front wheels on one side of the median and its back wheels on the other side. There was no word on the driver's condition. - WFAA's Cynthia Izaguirre

11:35 a.m. Drillers and roughnecks working on a Chesapeake gas well south of Trinity Boulevard in Arlington have been rescued. Rain washed out all the access roads. The water is up several feet on the rig. The men were trapped on the rig and had nowhere to go. The men were rescued by boat. The water has gone up and receded several times this morning. - Troy Bush from HD Chopper 8 in Arlington

11:25 a.m. At 1 p.m., the Dallas Independent School District will announce their plans for the day due to the heavy rains and high water.

11:04 a.m. Fire rescue crews in Arlington pulled a woman to safety with a harness after she became trapped in high waters just outside her vehicle. The woman waded through the waters that appeared to be in a parking lot of an apartment complex. The woman was pulled to dry land and safety. - WFAA meteorologist Greg Fields

11:03 a.m. Alvarado ISD will close at 1 p.m. due to the severe weather. The district states on their Facebook page that parents who are able are encouraged to pick up their children. The district said it is working on alternate bus routes. Once those are made, students will be taken home, the district said. - WFAA.com

10:53 a.m. Video from Hurst shows high waters that have led to the closure of roads, including the Precinct Line Road. We've had about nine inches in Johnson County alone.

As for the evacuations currently happening in Lewisville, Captain Kevin Deaver reported that an order evacuation has been made for the Oak Tree Mobile Home Park, which is located in the 600 block of Holford's Prairie. The city has activated their Code Red phone system, which alerts the residents of the evacuation. - WFAA's Cynthia Izaguirre

10:53 a.m. There have been reports of home evacuations in the Lewisville area. There have been reports of seven to eight inches of water just from today. - WFAA meteorologist Greg Fields

10:52 a.m. The Fort Worth Fire Department is in the midst of an emergency response after a call of 10 people trapped by high water near Precinct Line and Trammell roads. It has been reported not to be life threatening. - WFAA.com

10:40 a.m. Due to flooding, children at the Bear Creek Intermediate School in the Keller Independent School District are being evacuated to the North Wood Church in the 1800 block of Rufe Snow Drive. The school says classes will go one and parents do not need to pick up their children. - WFAA.com

10:39 a.m. The flash flood warning for Collin, Denton and western Grayson counties has been extended until 1:30 p.m. - The National Weather Service

10:30 a.m. An evacuation is under way at the Skyline Mobile Homes in North Richland Hills due to high water. - AP

10:10 a.m. Tremendous amounts of rain continue to fall across the metro area this morning. There are flooding issued across much of North Texas this morning. From Denton to Lewisville down to Carrollton, Grapevine, Dallas and Tarrant County, heavy rains are falling down. All of this will be lifting north. Flooding will continue to be a concern as we head into midday and the early afternoon. The rain has been falling onto many areas since last night, and has generally been hitting the same areas as we're still dealing with the circulation of what was once Tropical Storm Hermine, which will continue moving north into Oklahoma.

Just from today's rainfall, the Alvarado ISD area has seen 8.75 inches of rain. Over 6.5 inches has fallen in the Southlake area, and 4.97 inches has hit Fort Worth and 6.31 inches in Arlington. - WFAA meteorologist Greg Fields

9:59 a.m. Authorities are searching for possible victims after two mobile homes and a house in central Texas were swept away by flood waters dumped by the remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine (hur-MEEN'). Williamson County sheriff's Sgt. John Foster said Wednesday officials were trying to account for an unknown number of residents after the bloated San Gabriel River tore through a rural area north of Austin. Foster said no deaths or injuries have been reported, but that authorities are "preparing for the worst." - AP

8:55 a.m. A large band of heavy rain along a line extending from Dallas to Waxahachie to rural western Navarro counties was detected by meteorologists. The band indicates that anywhere from two to five inches of rain has already fallen. Another one to four inches of rain will be possible through 1 p.m. - The National Weather Service

6 a.m. Oncor has reported about 6,000 power outages scattered throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Crews have been out making repairs as needed. However, Oncor reported that as soon as crews restore power at one location, high winds kick up, knocking out a transformer at another location. - WFAA.com

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