Arlington: Tornadoes rile up residents as they bounce through city



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Posted on April 3, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 26 at 4:02 AM

ARLINGTON — By Tuesday night, the scope of the damage in Arlington was still unknown, but more than 100 homes were affected by a twister that blew through.

The Green Oaks Nursing Home suffered serious damage to its rehabilitation wing. According to the Arlington fire department, only two people suffered minor injuries of 130 residents. Thirty-five residents were moved to other nursing homes because of the damage.

Administrator Kyle Coleman described the moments the tornado hit.

"Glass started breaking, [I] felt the suction," he said. "I tell you what; the Lord was looking after us today."
The roof of Pam Blackshire’s home on Pleasant Ridge Drive was ripped away.

She took cover with her pets in the hallway of her home. She escaped injury, but her home was heavily damaged.

There were many homes left devastated in Arlington, some nearly flattened.
One twister formed near Highway 287 and Interstate-20 near a Chevron Gas station that was battered by hail and strong winds. Drivers, caught off guard, ran into the store for cover.

News 8's Marcus Moore was inside the store as panicked customers watched the twisting storm draw closer to the station.

There was concern the twister might hit, but it passed just south of the store, before causing damage farther east.