Posted on April 3, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Several reported tornadoes tore through the Dallas area on Tuesday, tossing semis in the air and leaving crumpled tractor trailers strewn along highways and in truck stop parking lots.
The National Weather Service reported at least two separate "large and extremely dangerous" tornadoes south of Dallas and Fort Worth. Dallas Police spokeswoman Sherri Jeffrey said an apparent twister touched down and caused damage within the city's southern limits.
2:18p Another hook echo/possible tornado in NE Dallas County about 5 miles WNW of Sunnyvale 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 southend 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 refire 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.
1:31p Tornado warning for eastern Dallas County. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS CONFIRMED A LARGE AND DANGEROUS TORNADO NEAR HUTCHINS...MOVING NORTH AT 30 MPH. THIS IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION...SEEK SHELTER NOW!
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.
1:22p THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR.
GLENN HEIGHTS & RED OAK AROUND 105 PM CDT.
DESOTO AROUND 115 PM CDT.
LANCASTER & DUNCANVILLE AROUND 120 PM CDT.
WILMER AROUND 125 PM CDT.
HUTCHINS AROUND 135 PM CDT.
COCKRELL HILL AROUND 140 PM CDT.
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.
1 p Tornado warning have been issued for Dallas, Ellis, Johnson and Tarrant counties. More details to come.