Severe weather blog: North Texas cleanup under way

Severe weather blog: North Texas cleanup under way

Credit: Mel Sayavedra / WFAA

Outside the Essie B. Crosby Elementary School, which witnesses said was hit by a tornado Tuesday in Forney.



Posted on April 3, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 2 at 2:32 PM

More than 800 homes and businesses suffered damage in Tuesday's tornado swarm. Curfews are in place in Kennedale, Lancaster and Forney. Gov. Rick Perry will tour the damage on Thursday morning.


10:32p In a letter to Gov. Rick Perry, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has requested emergency disaster assistance from the State of Texas. "I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that an effective response is beyond our capability to recover without supplementary State and/or Federal assistance," Jenkins wrote.  - WFAA

10:01p Nine of the 11 tornadoes across North Texas have now been documented by the National Weather Service, including the strongest, an EF-3 in Forney, with wind up to 150 mph. There were three EF-2 level twisters that hit Arlington and Kennedale, Lancaster and Dallas and Royse City. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

7:57p A map that outlines three restricted areas in Lancaster has now been issued; no one will be permitted to enter these areas until further safety steps are taken. 

7:52p Arlington residents who live in areas of the city hit by Tuesday's tornado will need to secure a permanent access pass starting Thursday. The passes will be issued at the Arlington West Police Service Station at 2060 West Green Oaks Boulevard. Contractors and laborers working to clean up and rebuild will also require passes from the same source. - WFAA

7:32p Kennedale has established a citywide curfew from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. until further notice. No one will be permitted inside the damaged zone on Tower Drive, Wildcat Way and Parkview Trail east to Meadow Drive and Greenview Lane. A Red Cross shelter is set up at the Kennedale Community Center at 316 West Third Street. If you can operate small to medium equipment and would like to volunteer in Kennedale's cleanup effort, call 817-985-2104. - WFAA

6:40p The SPCA of Texas transferred 28 dogs, 14 puppies, four cats and two kittens from Lancaster Animal Services on Wednesday so the agency can concentrate on dealing with pets that were lost during Tuesday's storm. Residents who lost pets can visit the animal shelter at 690 East Main Street in Lancaster. - WFAA

6:37p The power is out at the Trinity River Authority's Tarrant County Water Supply Project. The agency is asking residents of Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Grapevine and North Richland Hills to limit water use until electricity can be restored, which is expected to be some time later Wednesday night. - WFAA

5:06p Residents in tornado-stricken areas of Lancaster are eager to return to their homes, but they were being blocked Wednesday afternoon by civil defense workers and sheriff's deputies, triggering some arguments in the street. Lori Williams wanted to retrieve just one thing. "It sounds crazy, but my son has a stuffed animal ... He said, 'Did you find Mr. Bunny?' and I'm like, 'I wasn't looking for Mr. Bunny.' But I bet you I'll tear the whole house apart until I found it today." Residents who lived through the city's 1994 tornado understand that it's going to take a long time to rebuild, and they want to get started.  - Rebecca Lopez in Lancaster

5:03p The City of Forney confirms that 95 homes were damaged in Tuesday's tornado, 16 of which have been declared unsafe. There were no fatalities; seven minor injuries were reported. The city said tornado warning sirens and reverse 911 calls were activated at 3:18 p.m.; the tornado struck about 25 minutes later. "The fact that everybody who woke up in Forney yesterday is still alive today in Forney? That's a real blessing -- zero fatalities," Mayor Darren Rozell said.  Gov. Rick Perry will conduct an aerial tour of the damage on Thursday morning and will then hold a news conference in Lancaster to discuss what he saw. - Brad Watson in Forney

5:01p Here in the Oldfield subdivision in Arlington, we can see damage in every direction; 185 homes were damaged in this location alone. The National Weather Service surveyed damage here and across North Texas to determine the number and strength of the tornadoes. The tornado in the Arlington/Kennedale area was an EF-2, with winds up to 135 mph. The storm was 1/4-mile wide and it was on the ground for 4.6 miles. The weather service says according to preliminary estimates, there were 13 tornado touchdowns in seven counties. The hardest-hit area was in Forney, which was struck by an EF-3 tornado that damaged 95 homes. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

3:51p Arlington families who are looking for lost pets can submit a report by calling 817-459-6777 or by visiting the Arlington Action Center online. Photos of animals impounded at local shelters can be seen here:

3:13p The central campus of North Lake College will remain closed this evening, and classes are canceled tonight because the campus has no water.   All other North Lake College locations will operate their regular schedules.  College officials plan to re-open the main campus on Thursday morning. - Dallas County Community College District

3:03p Mayor Bryan Lankhorst has made an official declaration of disaster for Kennedale. In  a statement, the city reported 45 homes and six businesses were damaged. They reported one person suffered minor injuries. Anyone still in need of assistance or shelter can reach the Red Cross at Grace Community Church on Bardin Road in Arlington. - WFAA

3p The National Weather Service is continuing their investigation into the Kennedale/Arlington storm damage, but they have reported that the tornado that hit Lancaster, Dallas and Hutchins was an EF2. EF3 damage was reported in the Forney and Rockwall tornado.

2:11p The Lancaster tornado had wind speeds of 125 to 130 mph, which makes it a high-end EF2.

1:48p  The National Weather Service confirms that the most destructive tornado is declared an EF3, which had up to 150 mph winds. The City of Forney has reported 95 homes damaged, 22 of which were destroyed. While seven people were injured, city officials said they were minor. The city has reported 500 volunteers are assisting in clean up and other services.

1:47p All volunteers wishing to assist in the Lancaster disaster are are asked to report to 1600 Vetrerans Parkway in Lancaster at 9 a.m. Thursday. Donations will also be taken for the Lancaster Disaster at Lancaster Tornado Relief at the Lancaster Outreach Center at 1120 Randlett Street in Lancaster. - WFAA

1:30p While Crosby Elementary School in Forney did not actually take a direct hit, high winds from the tornado broke windows and tore off portions of the roof. It also damaged the school's air conditioning system. The school will not re-open until April 9 as repairs are made. - Forney ISD

1:28p Vandergriff Honda will match donations to the North Texas Red Cross (up to $5,000 per donation) made in person at their dealership, 1104 W I-20 in Arlington, until 6:00 p.m. today.

12:36p Preliminary analysis shows high-end EF-2 (130 mph winds) tornadoes struck Arlington and Lancaster, and an EF-3 (150 mph winds) hit Forney. - Meteorologist Steve McCauley

12:22p Preliminary ratings of damage at the Diamond Creek Estates in Forney suggest damage up to EF3 occurred. Wind speeds are estimated to be up to 150 mph. Several homes in the subdivision were destroyed and many other homes were badly damaged. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

NOON: Large plumes of smoke have filled the air as a home is fully engulfed in flames in the already severely damaged neighborhood of the Diamond Creek Estates in Forney.

Firefighters are battling the blaze off Buffalo Street, which broke out at about noon today.

The Diamond Creek Estates neighborhood was hard hit by at least one tornado in the storms that blew through North Texas Tuesday. - WFAA

11:15a  Officials have not finished measuring the strength of the tornadoes that hit North Texas, but there are signs that one twister exceeded 110 mph.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jesse Moore says teams in Arlington are seeing damage that suggests an EF2 twister struck there. EF2 tornadoes are classified as having wind gusts between 111 and 135 mph. - AP

11a  About 40 to 50 residential homes were damaged in the Rolling Acres neighborhood in Kennedale. Four to five businesses were damaged on Tower Drive and a mobile home park was completely destroyed on South New Hope Road. The Chamber of Commerce is organizing search teams and clean up help. - WFAA

9:30a  Hundreds of flights have been canceled at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport a day after tornadoes whipped through North Texas. An American Airlines spokeswoman says 424 flights were canceled Wednesday in and out of DFW airport, including flights by regional carrier American Eagle. - AP

8:52a The National Weather Service has just sent three teams into the field to survey the damage from the storms. They will determine how many tornadoes touched down, how strong they were and the length and width of each the path. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

7:12a Forney officials are holding a news conference at 9 a.m. to provide an update on the impact of yesterday's tornadoes. The mayor is expected to discuss when classes will resume at Crosby elementary school. - Brian Brooks, Forney City Manager

6:33a Lancaster Mayor Marcus Knight held a press conference at 6:30a. He said 300 buildings were destroyed. He also said people with institutional knowledge from the 1994 tornado are helping in the rebuilding efforts. He compared yesterday's tornado with the '94 storm that killed three people. He asked everyone for patience. The city is working hard to make sure good, accurate information is being given to everyone. The mayor said "I am a man of faith and so I believe clearly there was a higher power was involved."

6:23a Forney's mandatory curfew has been lifted. Residents are now allowed to return to their damaged homes.

6:00a Three survey teams from the National Weather Service are set to arrive in North Texas around 8 a.m. Arlington, Lancaster, Dallas and Forney will be the main spots they will survey. 

5:40a Lancaster ISD officials said schools will be open today. Buses will run on regular schedule.

5:21a DFW officials have canceled 424 flights for Wednesday because of hail damage to planes. That is in addition to all the flights canceled on Tuesday. The airport runs about 1,500 flights in and out daily. 118 aircraft out of service. A majority of those are American Airlines planes. 

5:16a Shelters are open in Lancaster, Dallas and Arlington for victims of Tuesday's storms. About 150 people were housed at the the shelter in Lancaster on Wednesday morning. A curfew is in effect in Lancaster until 7 a.m. 

12:25a The National Weather Service will have three teams conducting storm surveys on Wednesday starting around 8 a.m. The meteorologists plan to post their findings in real-time on the Facebook page of the agency's Fort Worth office. The weather service also has posted an online map illustrating locations of reported tornadoes, wind and hail damage. - WFAA

12:12a All day classes at the central campus of North Lake College in Irving will be closed on Wednesday due to storm damage. Classes after 4 p.m. and all other North Lake College campuses will be open at their regular times on Wednesday. - WFAA

Tuesday, April 3

10:01p The American Red Cross has identified approximately 650 homes that were damaged in Tuesday's tornado outbreak. The agency will conduct a more thorough assessment on Wednesday and will coordinate the distribution of food relief and clean-up supplies. - WFAA

9:36p There are no reports of fatalities in the severe weather that hit North Texas on Tuesday. According to available information, a total of 15 people sought treatment at area hospitals; two were involved in auto accidents during the storm and a third person needed oxygen due to stress and a pre-existing condition. Seven of the injuries took place in Arlington, and one was said to be critical. - Jack Beavers, WFAA

9:33p Forney ISD says Crosby Elementary School will be closed to all students and staff on Wednesday. The district will alert parents about the schedule for the rest of the week on Wednesday afternoon - WFAA

9:16p American Airlines canceled more than 450 arriving and departing flights at its hub, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, by late Tuesday afternoon. Thirty-seven other incoming flights had been diverted to different airports. D/FW Airport spokesman David Magaña said more than 110 planes were damaged by hail. It wasn't clear how many belonged to American Airlines, but American and American Eagle had pulled 101 planes out of service for hail-damage inspections. Flights also were canceled at Dallas Love Field, which is a big base for Southwest Airlines. That airline canceled more than 45 flights in and out of the airport by Tuesday evening. - AP

8:58p Many people have expressed an interest in volunteering to help with tornado cleanup and rebuilding. The Volunteer Center of North Texas is assembling a Mass Care Task Force to provide the needed manpower. You can register your interest by adding your name to the MCTF database. - WFAA

8:54p The City of Forney confirms that two tornadoes touched down in that community on Tuesday afternoon, with most of the damage north of Highway 80 near the Diamond Creek Subdivision.  A total of 73 homes were damaged; 22 of those were classified as being severely damaged. Seven residents were injured, but no one was seriously hurt.  Police established a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew in the stricken area, with only residents permitted to enter. A shelter for residents who lost their homes is open at Mustang Community Church at 13851 FM 548. - WFAA

8:07p Arlington Police Department spokeswoman Tiara Ellis Richard says the city has received reports of seven storm-related injuries, with one person in critical condition. An estimated 150 homes suffered damage ranging from debris in yards to significant destruction. - WFAA

7:40p The severe weather threat has come to an end across North Texas, but severe weather potential remains to the east of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

7:39p The Dallas County Sheriff's Office will provide 15 deputies and squad cars to help the City of Lancaster enforce an overnight curfew to discourage potential looters. - WFAA

7:33p Dallas County has provided the following roundup of storm damage:

  • Coppell: City-wide damage from golf- to baseball-sized hail
  • Dallas - Stage Coach Trail neighborhood: 47 houses damaged (40 uninhabitable, 7 totally destroyed)
  • Dallas - Tioga/Texas College neighborhoods: 7 homes with roof damage
  • Dallas - Bonnie View at Interstate 20: 50 tractor-trailers damaged at Snider Trucking Company
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport: 65 aircraft damaged
  • Grand Prairie: Downed power lines at the Bell Helicopter facility
  • Irving: Hail damage in the northern part of the city
  • Lancaster: At least 300 homes damaged

7:31p The American Red Cross has set up shelters for storm victims at three locations:

  • Tommie Allen Recreation Center, 7070 Bonnie View Road, Dallas
  • Kiest Park Recreation Center, 3080 South Hampton Road, Dallas
  • Lancaster Recreration Center, 1700 South Veterans Memorial Parkway, Lancaster

6:54p The American Red Cross has a "Safe and Well" Web site where you can list your name or those of family members known to be okay in the wake of Tuesday's disaster. You can also search for the names of friends and loved ones who you have questions about.

6:21p A disaster area has been declared by local officials in Lancaster, where approximately 300 homes and businesses were damaged by Tuesday's tornado. Almost every home along Pepperidge Drive lost its roof. A 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew has been enacted in the stricken area. "This is just unreal," one neighbor said. "You see it and you hear about it, but when you're actually in it, it's just unbelieveable." Lancaster's recreation center was being opened as a shelter for displaced residents on Tuesday evening.  - Rebecca Lopez in Lancaster

6:14p Dallas police Chief David Brown said looting is one of the concerns in southern parts of the city that received storm damage on Tuesday. "There's not much lighting since the power's out, so the street lights won't come on tonight," he said. "We're looking for portable lighting that we're trying to get here really quickly before it gets dark so that we can also keep things safe."  Brown said the city is not considering a curfew because of the damage was limited to two or three streets.  "We think we can secure that with extra patrols on a 24/7 basis for this area," the chief said. - Johnathan Betz in Dallas

6:10p A Forney high school student returned to his home in the Diamond Creek subdivision Tuesday afternoon to find a scene of devastation. He went to what was left of his bedroom hoping to recover personal items; everything was gone. A door-to-door search continues, but early indications are there were no serious injuries despite the incredible level of destruction. - Teresa Woodard in Forney

6:05p The Salvation Army Community Center at 712 West Abram Street in Arlington will provide shelter Tuesday night for families who have been displaced by storm damage. -WFAA

6:01p There is damage all around this neighborhood in the Martin High School area north of Interstate 20 in South Arlington. The explosive tornado came from the south, ripping a straight line of destruction that affected about 100 homes, according to city officials, who declared a state of disaster. The storm removed roofs, toppled fences and upended mature trees. - Brad Watson in Arlington

5:59p The severe weather threat for the North Texas area has now ended as storms move into East Texas. The tornado threat is diminishing, but damaging straight-line winds, large hail, very heavy rain and a lot of lightning are all in the forecast. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

5:56p There was no structural damage at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington when a powerful storm moved through the area Tuesday afternoon, and a planned exhibition game between the Rangers and a team from Mexico is still expected to be played on Tuesday night.  - George Riba at Rangers Ballpark

5:54p More than 100 aircraft at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport have been damaged as a result of large hail and high wind that accompanied violent storms on Tuesday. At least 400 flights have been canceled as a result. - WFAA

5:52p Rockwall County officials tell News 8 they have reports of 20 homes destroyed by a tornado. Several people have been rescued from the debris. - Steve Stoler in Rockwall County

5:40p Arlington Fire Department Assistant Chief Jim Self said a storm preparedness plan was in effect when the tornado struck the Green Oaks Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center Tuesday afternoon. He said two residents suffered minor injuries, and the rest of them are okay. "The facility relocated the residents to other locations within Arlington and in the region," Self said, adding that 25-30 homes in the Waterview neighborhood were affected by the storm. A secondary search and a damage assessment are under way, but no other injuries were reported. He added that around 100 homes have been damaged near Martin High School where a tornado touched down. There was one person who suffered minor injuries at that location. Self said the third Arlington neighborhood touched by the storm was the Chesterfield area along Highway 287 north of Sublett. An apartment complex and 25-30 homes were damaged; no injuries were reported. - Marcus Moore in Arlington

5:29p Hundreds of homes and a school have were damaged when a tornado ripped through Forney on Tuesday afternoon. The Diamond Creek subdivision on the city's north side was devastated, with 20 to 30 homes hit hard. A grandmother and her daughter were watching storm coverage on a notebook computer when they saw Forney in the path. They took shelter in a ground floor closet and survived, but part of their home was ripped away.  Nearby Crosby Elementary School also was damaged. There are reports of several injuries here, none serious. - Teresa Woodard reporting in Forney

5:26p The tornado hit hard along Pepperidge Drive in Lancaster. Ten to 12 homes were demolished and about 50 others suffered significant damage. No one was injured in this neighborhood, and many said they felt lucky to be alive.  "My wife and I was in the bedroom watching the news and we saw that the tornado was in the area, but I'm thinking it's going down Bear Creek," said David Earl Brown, who was getting ready to go to work.  "All of a sudden I looked outside and I saw the real steel and I heard that 'wooo-wooo,' and I said, 'Baby, it's time for us to get in the closet.' And so then we got in the closet and then the tornado hit and I could see the debris flying around as I peeked out the closet door and didn't realize my whole bedroom had been blown up." - Brett Shipp

5:25p Video shows seven-ton trailers being tossed in the air by a tornado near Interstate 20 and I-45 in southern Dallas County Tuesday afternoon. The City of Dallas said at least 50 parked tractor-trailers were damaged or destroyed by the twister. We've heard of no injuries as a result of the storm. - Jason Whitely in Dallas County

5:21p There is devastating damage along Pepperidge Drive in Lancaster. "I just couldn't believe it," said Tina McCrae, whose home was destroyed by the power of the storm. She has been spending the hours following the disaster looking for her two dogs. "We just found Cha-Cha... she just ran out. But I haven't seen Tyson," she said. Firefighters went door-to-door checking to make sure no one was trapped in the debris. A caravan of emergency vehicles moved through the neighborhood to provide security as the evening hours approach.  - Rebecca Lopez in Lancaster

5:17p There are tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power across North Texas as a result of the severe weather outbreak, according to Oncor spokeswoman Catherine Cuellar. She encouraged customers to safely await restoration of service, and to call 888-313-4747 to report outages and to get recorded updates. Information is also available online at

5:15p Only one person suffered minor injuries when a tornado tore into the Green Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Arlington. Police and fire department personnel are helping to assess the damage and to evacuate residents to a safer place.

5:03p Lancaster City Council held an emergency measure and declared the city a disaster area.

5:01p The tornadic storm in Hunt County is merging with the solid line to the west, and this should help to begin to reduce (but not eliminate) tornado potential, but damaging straightline winds will be likely across eastern Hunt County and western Hopkins County. Commerce is in the direct path of the worst part of this storm.

5p A tornado warning remains for Hunt, Delta and Lamar until 5:45 p.m.

4:56p The strong part of the storm is hitting from Greenville to Commerce.

4:52p Strong circulation noted just northeast of downtown Greenville.

4:48p Forney City Manager Brian Brooks says the northern section of the city was hit really hard. At least 20 homes damaged, one destroyed.

4:45p A severe thunderstorm with a history of producing tornadoes hit Greenville, where a large tornado was spotted. The storm is moving northeast at 40 mph. This is a very dangerous storm. If you are in its path, take cover immediately. Campbell and Neylandville are in the direct path of this tornado.

4:40p Rain-wrapped tornado spotted in between Greenville and Dixon. Golf-ball sized hail sighted, winds about 70 mph.

4:37p There has been a report of a leveled home in Greenville.

4:30p Very large tornado reported in Greenville.

4:29p Tornado reported on the ground just south of Greenville in Caddo Mills area. There is a TORNADO EMERGENCY issued for the area.

4:23p: Storm one will hit Mount Bethel at 4:24p, Concord at 4:30p, Mineral Heights at 4:32p, Greenville at 4:37p, Peniel at 4:39p, Ardis Heights at 4:39p and Reavilon at 4:40p. Take cover in these areas.

4:22p Storm one is to hit Hendrix at 4:22p, Caddo Mills at 4:28p, Clinton at 4:32p and Floyd at 4:36p. Take cover in these areas.

4:16p The tornado is near Union Valley. This tornadic storm is traveling along I-30 toward Caddo Mills and Greenville. Take shelter.

4:14p Tornado Warning for Collin, Hunt,and Rockwall counties until 4:30pm. If you live near Royse City, Caddo Mills, Cash - take shelter.

4:12p Tornado on ground on west side of Sulphur Springs.

4:11p Confirmed tornado near Royse City.

4:09p Tornado warning for Collin, Hunt and Rockwall counties until 4:30 p.m. and Hopkins and Delta counties until 4:10 p.m.

4:08p Tornado reported in Royce City right now.

4:07p 28,000 without power in North Texas.

4:06p The American Red Cross has set up a disaster center in the city of Arlington at the community center located at 712 W. Abram Street. Cots will be set up starting at 4:30 p.m.

3:58p Possible tornado now on FM 550 north of McLendon-Chisholm (5 miles south of Fate) in southern Rockwall County moving NE at 25 mph. The tornado will be near Tira around 4:10 p.m.

3:57p Those in Royce City should take cover. Since it would be a rain-wrapped tornado, you will not see it coming.

3:34p Reports say there is no damage at the new Forney High, but significant damage was reported at Crosby Elementary School and the Diamond Creek neighborhood near 545.

3:53p Rain-wrapped tornado very likely in progress on SR 205 NW of McLendon-Chisholm in south Rockwall County moving NE.

3:51p A tornado has been reported on the ground in Sulphur Springs.

3:50p McLendon-Chisholm is in the direct path of the rotation center that spawned the tornado in Forney.

3:48p Crosby Elementary School in Forney and several homes have been heavily damaged. They have taken a direct hit by the tornado.

3:45p Tornado now passing over the north side of Forney moving NE at 25 mph

3:44p Forney High School has been hit by tornado, according to storm chaser.

3:39p Tornado is on ground in Forney.

3:37p Rotation just west of Forney and golf ball to baseball hail possible from Sunnyvale to Heath.

3:33p Dallas Police South Central Division reports damage at Strawberry and Tioga, west of Bonnie View in the 4100 block of Stage Coach. Some trucks were damaged at the Schnieder Truck Company north of I-20.
No significant injuries have been reported. Ten to 20 homes have been damaged in the 4100 block of Stage Coach.

Trees have been reported down around Skyline High School; a car was thrown into a fence.
Love Field has activated the Terminal Evacuation Plan and all passengers and tenants have been evacuated to the first floor and underground, at the request of the FAA. - City of Dallas

3:31p Another confirmed tornado is located three miles west of Cumby moving NE at 25 mph. This is 15 mile west of Sulphur Springs.

3:30p A possible tornado was spotted in Hopkins.

3:28p New tornado developing 9 miles SW of Sulphur Springs moving NE at 25 mph.

3:23p Funnel cloud passing over 175 headed directly toward Lawson and Forney and the SE side of Balch Springs.

3:20p Hook echo/possible tornado getting better defined 5 miles WNW of Seagoville moving NE at 30. Lawson and Forney are in the direct path of the storm.

3:19p Developing tornado 6 miles west of Seagoville moving NE 30. TORNADO WARNING for Dallas, Kaufman, Rockwall until 4P.M.

3:18p Roofs can be seen ripped off and thrown far away here in Lancaster. - Rebecca Lopez

3:17p Dallas, Collin and Rockwall counties under a tornado warning until 4 p.m.

3:12p Another tight circulation is developing on the SE side of Dallas moving NE. A tornado may form from this area as well.

3:11p Arlington mayor declaring a state of disaster for city to last up to seven days due to widespread damage.

3:10p New rotation rapidly developing in the storm in southern Dallas County near Wilmer.

3:08p Rotation is strengthening again in Collin County seven miles northeast of Wylie moving toward Farmersville. A tornado could form at any moment.

3:07p Grapevine, Irving and Dallas ISDs locked down. Arlington ISD parents can pick up their children now.

3:06p American Airlines: All inbound arrivals canceled until at least 9 p.m.

3:03p Circulation center has weakened rapidly now over Arlington as well as in the storms over Collin County, but this does not mean they won't ramp back up again. Stay alert.

3:01p Dallas ISD holding students.

2:59p Rotation seen near Three Forks restaurant at Trinity Mills in Plano.

2:58p A possible rain-wrapped tornado is developing over Arlington. You may not be able to see it before it hits. Stay in shelter.

2:57p A second and final storm line is passing through North Texas. Keep shelter for at least another hour or two.

2:55p Students are being held in Rockwall ISD. Asking parents to stay where they are to keep shelter.

2:52p There is too much fuel heating up these thunderstorms across North Texas. Stay alert and keep cover.

2:52p Schools across North Texas have canceled after-school activities.

2:50p Only minor injuries have been reported so far in these storms.

2:47p Eastern Hunt, Southwestern Delta and West Central Hopkins counties are under a tornado warning until 3:30p.

2:44p The storm where a tornado was reported on the ground in Addison will be heading to Allen at 3:18p, Fairview at 3:30p, Buckner at 3:35p, 3:37p at Bloomdale and 3:38 at McKinney.

2:43p Rotation can be seen in Addison area between The Colony, Frisco and Farmers Branch. Tornado on ground in Addison.

2:39p The storm with a hook will hit The Colony at 2:42p, Lolaville at 2:50p, Lebanon at 2:52p, Frisco at 2:57p, Collin at 3:04p, Rockhill at 3:06p and Prosper at 3:11p. Take cover in these areas.

2:38p A tornado warning remains in effect for Denton County until 2:45 PM

2:35p Likely tornado on Keller Springs Road in north Carrollton moving NE at 25 mph.

2:32p Strong possibility of a tornado now moving into Carrollton. Seek shelter immediately.

2:28p Circulation center in NW Dallas County is located near Luna Road west of Farmers Branch moving NE at 25 mph. Carrollton and Plano are in the path.

2:26p Rotation seen in Garland-Sachse area.

2:25p Sirens going off in Plano. Take cover.

2:23p Golf-ball sized hail reported in Coppell area.

2:18p Another hook echo/possible tornado in NE Dallas County about 5 miles WNW of Sunnyvale moving NE at 25 mph.

2:08p Possible tornado is approaching the south side of the D/FW Airport near the REMOTE SOUTH PARKING area moving NE at 25 mph.

2:05p A tornado was confirmed on the ground in Garland.

2:04p Denton County under tornado warning until 2:45 p.m.

2:03p A tornado is reported on the ground near Mesquite Rodeo Stadium area.

2:03p Several injuries have been reported in Kennedale in southern Tarrant County.

2:02p Circulation is strengthening over Town East Mall in Mesquite. A tornado could form at any time. Storm is moving NE at 25 mph.

2:01p Dallas and Tarrant counties under tornado warning until 2:20 p.m. SMU has warned students to take shelter.

2p Damage reported at Six Flags in Arlington.

1:58p Irving ISD is going into the emergency precaution plan, sending students into storm shelter mode.

1:55p There is strong rotation with this thunderstorm along 360 and 20. If you live in Irving and Euless on the south end of D/FW, there will be issuing another tornado warning.

1:54p While we have had extensive reports of damage across the area, we have not received any reports of injuries.

1:52p D/FW Airport on ground stop.

1:49p The circulation in the Dallas County storm has weakened, but it could re-fire so stay alert in East Dallas and Mesquite.

1:44p A tornado has been spotted at I-20 just west in Cooper in Arlington. It was on the ground for several minutes.

1:39p Large tornado just south of Pantego and Arlington moving NE. A lot of debris is in the air with this storm. Take shelter immediately!

1:36p TORNADO just west of Hutchins is lifting tractor trailer trucks into the air. This is a very DANGEROUS storm! The storm will be moving into extreme SE Dallas.

1:35p A TORNADO EMERGENCY in Arlington

1:33p Tornado is now approaching Jefferson Street in north Lancaster, just west of Hutchins moving NE at 25 mph.


1:28p TORNADO ON THE GROUND near Telephone Road in NW Lancaster moving NE at 25 mph. This is a dangerous storm. Roof tops from houses are flying in the air.

1:26p Large Tornado  on the ground in Kennedale moving toward Arlington. A TORNADO EMERGENCY has been issued for Tarrant County.








1:20p Tornado spotted on ground near Lancaster.

1:15p A tornado on the ground has been spotted looking southeast on I-35E from DeSoto, just south of downtown Dallas.

1:12p A Code Black has been issued at Parkland Hospital, which means keeping all patients away from windows.

1:11p DPD has reported sirens going off in downtown Dallas.

1:10p Damage has been reported in Johnson County, where a tornado was reported to have touched down.

1:05p The storm in which a tornado warning has been issued for the Dallas area is expected to hit Lancaster at 1:08p, Hutchins at 1:18p, Oak Cliff at 1:28p, Dallas at 1:35p, Highland Park at 1:45p and university Park at 1:47p.

1:01p A tornado has been spotted on the ground in Ellis County.

1p Tornado warning have been issued for Dallas, Ellis, Johnson and Tarrant counties. More details to come.