Tornadoes rip through Dallas/Fort Worth metro area

Earlier this afternoon a series of tornadoes along with large hail ripped apart the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area doing considerable damage to several neighborhoods. At this time it appears that at least 3 tornadoes touched down in the immediate metro area. More tornadoes were reported off to the northeast portion of Texas doing more damage. As of 6pm on Tuesday there have been no knonw fatalities, but there have been an unknown number of injuries. Crews will be out Wednesday concluding how many tornadoes touched down in this outbreak and how strong they were.

One tornado south of Dallas near Lancaster was able to toss semi-trailers like toys. It’s reported they were thrown 50 to 100 feet in the air! I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s incredible video! Check out the video below of the Flying J Truck Plaza in Lancaster just off Interstate-20. This is on the south side of Dallas from NBC News.

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The madness began with two distinct super cells out ahead of a squall line that was working towards the metro area. The twin super cells dropped two twisters…one going through Lancaster and the other tearing through Arlington, TX. Here is a radar image below of the left super cell that produced the Arlington tornado. For both storms you could actually see the debris showing up on radar if you were to zoom in. Several more supercell thunderstorms developed as the afternoon went on.

Below is a video captured of the tornado near Highway 287 and I-20 in Arlington from NBCDFW.

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Here is another video from youtube of the twister near Arlington on Highway 287 from wesstevens.

The mayor of Arlington declared his city under a state of emergency due to the twister. The Arlington supercell would eventually work up to the Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport where over 100 airplanes were damaged from large hail. The airport cancelled its remaining flights Tuesday to assess the damage. Much of the metro was hit by large hail from the series of storms. Reports range from nickel up to golf ball and baseball sized hail. Damage will probably be staggering considering this is such a highly populated area.

These tornadoes affected mainly the suburbs of the metro area. Downtown Dallas and Ft. Worth were spared. Dallas/Ft. Worth is no stranger to tornadoes hitting the area though. It was less then a week, 12 years ago, when a tornado plowed through downtown Fort Worth on March 28th, 2000. Several skyscrapers were heavily damaged. Below is a 3D look at the damage swath in the city.

We’ll be sure to have an update on this tornado outbreak as crews go out in the coming days to survey the damage. This is yet another memorable tornado event so far in 2012.

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