With the Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival and other outdoor events scheduled
this weekend, forecasters are warning everyone to pay attention to the
There is a chance of severe
weather Sunday that could rival the three storms on April 3 that produced
three tornadoes in Collin, Hunt and Hopkins counties and softball-sized hail in
“I will say there is potential for hail, damaging winds and tornadoes,” said
Jesse Moore, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
“We could be looking at something similar to what we saw on April 3.”
Storms are expected to form along a dryline west of Dallas-Fort Worth on Sunday and
then push through the area Sunday afternoon. The area with the highest chance
for tornadoes appears to be north of the DFW area along the Red River and into
Oklahoma — but that could change between now and Sunday.
Storms could also form ahead of the dryline Sunday morning.
“There’s a chance those storms Sunday morning could also produce hail,” Moore
Moore is urging North Texas residents to pay attention to the weather
forecasts on Saturday night and Sunday morning before heading outdoors on
Even if the tornadoes stay north of the DFW area, Moore said you could still
see damage from wind and hail. During the April 3 storms, which caused an
estimated $300 million in damage, wind gusts were reported as high as 82 mph at
Denton Municipal Airport.
“Keep up with the weather. There is that potential for severe weather, and
remember you also have risks for lightning and strong winds,” Moore said. “If
you just have straight-line winds, it can still do damage.”
Will the storms help ease the drought? That remains to be seen.
Some areas may pick up as much as an inch of rain but the storms will be more
scattered west of the DFW area.
“I think east of the I-35 corridor, there will be pretty good coverage but to
the west it will be more scattered,” Moore said.
Before the storms arrive on Sunday, it will be warm and windy on Saturday
with a high in the mid-80s. Once the storms pass on Sunday, a cold front will
blow through the area dropping low temperatures into the upper 40s on Monday
morning. Highs will be in the low 60s on Monday morning.
The Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival, which began Thursday, continues
through Sunday in downtown Fort Worth.Bill Hanna
The weather caused the cancellation of the Grapevine Parade of Lights Thursday evening. Billed as the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas, the parade along historic Main Street features more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands, as well as Santa Claus on the last float.
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"Due to the winter storm warning, Grapevine’s Parade of Lights, has been canceled," Barry Lewis, director of marketing for the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau, said Thursday. "A decision will be made tomorrow whether the Parade of Lights will be rescheduled to another date."
Lewis, who was working at his office at the convention and visitors bureau about 4 p.m. Thursday, said there was moisture in the air and the second-floor wood balcony "was quite slick" and there was "ice on the metal railing."\
Temperatures dropped 15 degrees at Alliance Airport as storms moved into the Dallas-Fort Worth area Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
Rain arrived in Fort Worth around 11 a.m. dropping temparatures from the mid-70s to 57 degrees.
8:06 p.m. HALTOM CITY _ Lightning hit McDonald's at 5641 E. Belknap. No fire, officials reported.
_ Domingo Ramirez Jr.
7:53 p.m. FORT WORTH _ Several fences knocked down in the Boswell Meadows neighborhood in NW FW.
_ Domingo Ramirez Jr.
7:50 p.m. ARLINGTON _ Firefighters at the scene of a home in the 2000 block of Thames Drive, light smoke. Reported that home hit by lightning.
_Domingo Ramirez Jr.
7:47 p.m. ARLINGTON _Report ofnumerous cloud to ground lightning, heavy rain, high wind near I-20 and US 287.
_ Domingo Ramirez Jr.
7:44 p.m. FORT WORTH _ Damage reported at Mecham Airport, terminal
7:42: DENTON _Denton Municipal Electric reporting power outage in the area near I-35 and Colorado Drive. Crews on the scene.
_ Domingo Ramirez Jr.
7:41 p.m. FORT WORTH _ Power lines down at 5501 Grayson Ridge Drive
_ Domingo Ramirez Jr.
7:39 p.m. Damage reported to old Pecan Factory building on N. Main Street in Fort Worth.
7:37 p. m. NWS Fort Worth says 70 mph winds headed to Kennedale/Everman/Mansfield in the next few minutes.
_ Domingo Ramirez Jr.
7:35 p.m. FORT WORTH _ Sirens sounding in downtown and west FW because of the storms.
FORT WORTH _ Officials also reporting 70 mph winds in downtown.
Numerous reports of trees and power lines down in north and northeast Fort Worth.
No injuries reported.
_ Domingo Ramirez Jr.
Hail the size of ping-pong balls fell in Saginaw and smaller hail was reported across northern Tarrant County Friday evening as winds up to 65 miles per hour accompanied rain across the area.
According to the National Weather Service, rainfall totaled .69 inches for the day by late evening at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, and continued to fall.
The rain did not delay the start of the Rangers-Angels game in Arlington, but the game was postponed in the first inning due to rain with the Rangers ahead, 1-0. The storm passed and the game resumed.
NWS meteorologist Steve Fano said the rain was the result of "a large low-pressure system" that swept though the area.
"Energy from the system combined with gulf moisture produced the showers and thunderstorms," the meteorologist said.
Saturday’s forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of rain in the morning and 30 percent chance in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid-70s and lows in the low 60s.
Sunday calls for a high in the upper 70s and a low in the lower 60s. No rain is expected.
— Marty Sabota
North Texans awoke to a blanket of fog this morning, and the National Weather Service says there's a chance of showers and thunderstorms, some severe, later.
Visibility during the morning commute was less than a quarter-mile in some areas, the weather service said.
The fog lasted through late morning. The photo above is a shot of 7th Street at Throckmorton about 6 this morning.
High temperature today in DFW should be near 80.
The weather service says showers and thunderstorms are likely late this evening across much of North Texas, some possibly packing large hail and damaging winds.
Check out the latest forecast.
-- Tom Uhler
FORT WORTH _ Storms drenched North Texas Sunday afternoon, leaving hundreds without power and causing dozens of wrecks.
Oncor officials estimated that there were more 6,000 customers without power as of 4:15 p.m. Sunday.
Fort Worth police reports indicated that more than 60 minor and major traffic accidents were reported from noon until 3:30 p.m. Sunday during the peak of the storms. Most of the crashes were weather-related.
_ Domingo Ramirez Jr.
The National Weather Service office in Fort Worth has issued a flash flood warning for Tarrant and Dallas counties until 4:45 p.m. Sunday.
Forecasters say some residents could see 2 inches of rain on Sunday.
Numerous traffic crashes have been reported in Fort Worth, Arlington and Irving because of the rains.
Lightning may have hit a home on Alexander Drive in Fort Worth, injuring a woman.
_ Domingo Ramirez Jr.
Wells Fargo & Co. says it's contributing $50,000 to the American Red Cross/North Texas Tornado Relief Fund. And its customers can join the effort starting Friday by making donations to the fund at all Wells Fargo ATMs in DFW. Customers will not be charged a fee and 100 percent of donations will go to the American Red Cross, Wells Fargo says. The bank also asks that consumers and business customers affected by the tornadoes contact their banker or visit the nearest Wells Fargo branch to discuss financial options on a case-by-case assistance. Affected customers can also call the bank 24/7 at 1-800-TO-WELLS (1-800-869-3557).
“We’re reaching out to help our team members, neighbors, friends, families and customers who have been affected by the twisters that ripped through our community earlier this week,” said John Gavin, Wells Fargo's DFW regional president of community banking. “We’re also committed to helping community recovery efforts and will work diligently to help families and business owners return to their homes and daily routines.”
-- Jim Fuquay
Kroger announced it will match customer donations for area tornado victims up to $50,000, and is mounting a collection drive for displaced families and relief workers.
All of the money will be handed over to the American Red Cross, the grocer said Thursday.
Most-needed are non-perishable food; toiletries; infant clothing; cleaning supplies; tools; shovels; brooms; plastic tubes; work gloves; rubber boots; ice chests and bottled water. All collected items will benefit efforts in Arlington, Lancaster and Forney.
Tarrant Country stores with collection sites are at 5701 W. Pleasant Ridge, Arlington, and 6650 N. Beach at Western Center Blvd., Ft. Worth.
— Barry Shlachter
Fourteen confirmed tornadoes were spotted in North Texas during the April 3 outbreak, the National Weather Service said Thursday.
Here is the breakdown (not necessarily in chronological order):
Kennedale got its first look Tuesday at how its new emergency alert system works, and officials were pleased, city spokeswoman Amethyst Cirmo said.
Blackboard Connect is linked to the National Weather Service, she said, and contacts residents when a tornado warning has been issued. Kennedale officials decided against using the system for lesser instances of severe weather because they didn’t want people opting out.
The city does use the system for its own alerts, like water outages.
“We’ve heard from people telling us that they appreciated the notice and were glad that the city was on top of things,” Cirmo said.
-Patrick M. Walker
Kennedale police have put up blockades in the storm-damaged area by the football stadium. No access is allowed from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. until further notice.
The Kennedale Community Center, at 316 W. Third St., is serving as a Red Cross shelter.
Also, the city is now restricting volunteers to people who can operate small- to medium-size power equipment like chain saws and Bobcats.
-Patrick M. Walker
Alvarado and Kennedale high school baseball teams are playing this afternoon in the warm sunshine in Kennedale.
The Alvarado team collected donated goods to bring with them for Kennedale families affected by the storms.
"We can be competitors on the field," said Kennedale associate superintendent Rick Edwards, "but small towns, we look out for each other."
Their photos have been released in hopes of reuniting them with their owners. Here's two of the dogs currently at the shelter.
Anyone whose pet is being cared for at Fort Worth’s Chuck Silcox Animal Shelter should contact the City of Kennedale at 817-478- 5416.
Once ownership is confirmed, associated kennel fees will be waived.
Pet owners can also go to a Facebook page created for animals lost in the storm.
-- Bill Hanna
Three teams of National Weather Service meteorologists fanned out across North Texas Wednesday to assess the damage caused by at least a dozen tornadoes that hop-scotched along a 120-mile path of destruction stretching from Cleburne to Arlington to Lancaster and Sulpher Springs.
Preliminary reports posted on the Fort Worth office's Facebook page indicate the most powerful storm touched down in Forney, east of Dallas, where wind speeds neared 160 mph, totally destroying several homes in the Diamond Creek Subdivision and damaging many others.
That power would rank the storm an EF-3 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, the system which rates tornadoes by the damage they cause. It ranges from EF-0 (40-72 mph winds), EF-1 (73-112 mph), EF-2 (113-157 mph), EF-3 (158-206), EF-4 (207-260 mph) and EF-5 (261 + mph).
The Ellis County-Dallas survey team estimated that the tornado in Lancaster was a high-end EF-2 with maximum winds speed of 125 to 130 mph, damaging approximately 300 homes.
The Arlington tornado appears to have been an EF-2 with winds up to 135 mph, powerful enough to collapse brick walls.
The primary goal of the assessment teams is to determine a tornado’s strength based on the damage that occurred, said Fort Worth-based meteorologist Dan Shoemaker.
Cities, counties and emergency managers compile the counts on structure damage and insurance adjustors calculate the monetary damages. Our job is to determine what actually happened," he said.
Residents and business owners continue to clean up from Tuesday's storms, which damaged 45 homes and six businesses, city spokeswoman Amethyst Cirmo said.
"They range from minor damage to total loss," she said.
Only one minor injury was reported, she said.
The community has received an outpouring of support from businesses, nearby cities, and church and civic groups, she said.
"The one positive is how this shows the can-do Kennedale spirit," she said.
-Patrick M. Walker
Arlington officials on Wednesday released a map showing three zones hit hard by Tuesday's storms.
In the Chesterfield branch, off U.S. 287, 143 homes or apartments were damaged, 50 of them heavily.
In the Waterview branch, 102 homes were affected, with 16 having heavy damage.
In the Martin branch, 185 homes were affected: 123 with light damage, 40 with moderate damage and 22 with heavy damage, according to Fire Chief Don Crowson.
Here is a map of the damage zones:
Atmos Energy is asking emergency crews, neighbors and volunteers involved in storm relief projects to call 811 before digging greater than 16-inches deep.
Atmost officials have shut off natural gas to more than 100 North Texas homes that have been damaged from torandoes.
If anyone smells natural gas, call the Atmos Energy Emergency Hotline at 1-866-322-8667
_ Domingo Ramirez Jr.
The National Weather Service in Fort Worth is posting preliminary tornado rating updates on its Facebook page and its website as surveyors move through North Texas neighborhoods. Here are the latest posts:
LANCASTER: The Ellis/Dallas survey team has an estimated that the tornado in Lancaster was a high end EF-2 with maximum wind speeds of 125 to 130 mph. 300 homes were damaged in Lancaster. Most of them were single-family 1 or 2 story residences. The survey team will be headed into the city of Dallas soon to continue the assessment.
FORNEY: Preliminary ratings of damage in the Diamond Creek Subdivision in Forney, TX suggest damage up to EF-3 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.
KENNEDALE: This image shows EF-1 damage to a single family residence off Sublett Road west of Highway 287 in Kennedale, TX. Note the partial loss of the roof and the garage door collapsed inward.
KENNEDALE/ARLINGTON: Survey in progress. Initial rating, at least an EF-2. Read about the Enhanced Fujitsu Scale.
National Weather Service meteorologists don't question that a tornado touched down in Kennedale and Arlington on Tuesday.
What they are trying to determine is whether all the damage was from one funnel cloud.
"Hopefully we'll have that report at the end of the day," meteorologist Nick Hampshire said Wednesday morning as he and other weather service staffers inspected damage near Kennedale High School.
Based on the evidence so far, officials believe that the tornado generated winds in the 105-125 mph range, he said, which would make it an EF-1 or an EF-2.
- Patrick M. Walker
Arlington officials have designated a "Tornado Recovery Center" for residents at the Fire Training Center, 5501 Ron McAndrew Drive, near West Green Oaks Boulevard and West Arkansas Lane.
City staff members will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to help citizens, Fire Chief Don Crowson said at a Wednesday news conference.
The city also plans to launch a web page "with information to quickly put the neighborhoods back in order," Crowson said.
Jim Parajon, Arlington's community development director, said that residents will be required to obtain a permit for repairs to buildings, but that fees won't be charged.
The city can do same-day, one-hour permitting in some cases, he said.
Parajon urged residents to deal only with licensed electricians and not to pay deposits for contracting work. He said limbs and tree debris should be moved to the curb for pickup and said large bins would be available for construction debris.
Crowson said those who want to help or donate should contact the Red Cross, Salvation Army or Mission Arlington. He said those who want to donate supplies or volunteers should contact the city through the website, once it's set up, or by calling the Action Center at 817-459-6777.
View Arlington storm damage area in a larger map
The storm inflicted heavy damage on the neighborhood west of Martin High School.
On Moselle Drive, a few blocks from campus, staff and volunteers from Trinity Area Habitat for Humanity cleared limbs and other debris. Then they helped board up windows and apply temporary sheeting to roofs.
The organization builds affordable housing and rehabilitates existing homes, but until Tuesday, the chapter had no experience with disaster recovery, Executive Director Gage Yager said.
He noted, however, that the team of about 40 people did offer construction skills, plus ready access to tools, equipment and building materials.
The group mobilized as soon as Mayor Robert Cluck made the disaster declaration, Yager said.
An advance team drove to Arlington to determine where the volunteers would be needed, while staff members began loading trucks and others called building supply outlets to secure materials.
The crew came to the neighborhood with trucks and trailers loaded with tarpaper, generators and stacks of flat boards. They worked well after sundown.
“If you have the ability, you gear up and you go,” Yager said. “It’s a love-thy-neighbor moment.”
-- Bill Miller
Kennedale police were stationed overnight at businesses on Tower Drive where several buildings were damaged by the storm Tuesday afternoon.
_ Domingo Ramirez Jr.
The Insurance Council of Texas, an industry group, cautions those who have damage to be patient.
"As you can imagine insurance companies are scrambling to get assistance to their policyholders as quickly as possible," said Mark Hanna, a spokesman for the Insurance Council. "Catastrophe teams are doing just that, but it is going to take awhile to reach all of those who have been affected by the storm."
A ramp worker at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport just sent me this video that he shot with his phone during Tuesday's hail storm at the airport.
The worker was at Terminal A gate 36 when the storms moved through the area.
Tens of thousands of North Texas homes and businesses, concentrated in the south Arlington/Kennedale and Lancaster areas, remained without power Tuesday evening after storms and tornados raked the area.
Oncor Electric Delivery, which operates most of the power lines in the region, said about 15,000 customers in Tarrant County and about 18,000 in Dallas County were in the dark as of 6 p.m. In all, more than 40,000 customers in Oncor’s service area were without power.
Spokeswoman Catherine Cuellar said the utility is calling in dozens of crews from unaffected parts of its service area in central and west Texas and will be working through the night to restore power. But it’s expected to take until Wednesday afternoon to get a firm estimate on how long that will take, she said.
In the meantime, Oncor warned residents to avoid downed power lines and anything in contact with them. Report downed lines by calling 911 or Oncor at 888-313-4774. That toll-free number can also be used to report outages.
Cuellar also said that, while the new smart meters being installed can help Oncor track outages, it’s still helpful to leave an outdoor light turned on so crews can quickly tell if a home has power.
Cuellar said the utility on Monday had upgraded its online weather site, stormcenter.oncor.com, which customers can use to track outages and estimates of power restoration. Cuellar said the site, which can report on areas as small as a zip code, was experiencing heavy traffic as a result of the storms.
The Insurance Council of Texas, an Austin-based industry group, said it was too early to make a dollar estimate of the damage to insured property as a result of the storms.
-- Jim Fuquay
Two residents of the Green Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Arlington were taken to hospitals with minor injuries after Tuesday's storms ripped the roof from a portion of the building at 3033 W. Green Oaks Blvd., said Jim Self, Arlington’s assistant fire chief.
Kyle Coleman, the center’s administrator, said nearly 200 people, including 113 residents, were in the building as the storm approached. They had gathered in the center of the building away from the windows when the door to the main dining room blew open and glass shattered.
“I don’t know if it sounded like a train, but it was definitely a feeling that I’ve never felt before,” he said.
The winds ripped the roof from the north wing of the K-shaped, one-story building. After the storm, residents moved to other facilities, including some who were taken out in wheelchairs and on gurneys, Self said.
-- Bob Cox
(Photo by Rodger Mallison/Star-Telegram)
The tornado skipped northeast across Kennedale, crossing Interstate 20 into a residential neighborhood near Arlington Martin High School.
John Smith watched it from his third-floor balcony, videotaping the tornado as it touched down and rose back up, zeroing in on a church school at St. Barnabas United Methodist Church, where his girlfriend and young son were inside. (Photo above, by Tim Madigan)
“It came right down here and shingles started flying in the air,” Smith said. “It got to within a couple of hundred yards of us, and I went back inside.”
At the church, Amy Richardson, director of the Early Education Center, was alerted to the approaching storm and shepherded 82 children, ranging from toddlers to 5-year-olds, from their classrooms to a safer spot in the interior of their building.
“We knew what we had to do. We had a plan for it,” Richardson said. “We just waited. We had pastors coming in to tell us when to duck and cover.
“There was a loud rumbling noise, the walls starting shaking and windows started breaking. But the kids were very calm. Some of them got upset when the power went out.”
Water began to pour into their sanctuary, because the tornado had ripped away the roof in another part of the building. But the children were safe.
“Our plan worked,” Richardson said. “It’s nice to have a plan.”
Just across Pleasant Ridge Road from the church, Ben Blackshear and his wife, Pamela, surveyed their home, which had been more or less destroyed. Pamela Blackshear had been home, on the telephone with her daughter, until just before the tornado hit.
“It was quiet. There was no wind,” Pamela Blackshear said. “Then it went right over us.
It sounded like a really strong whistle. It was hard to hear because the sirens were going off at the same time, and the dogs were barking.
“We just laid on the floor. Then we heard glass shattering, and the roof came off the house.”
When he got home, her husband found their roof across the road near the church.
“I put my blood sweat and tears into this house,” Ben Blackshear said. “I remodeled everything. It took me 15 years, and it was gone in 15 seconds. Oh my god.”
The tornado seemed to zero in on Dauphine Court, a quiet cul-de-sac less than a half mile away. Heather Schulz lives at the end of the street and, on Tuesday, was at home with her 5-year-old daughter, Hannah.
The mother tracked the storm on television as it barreled in her direction from Kennedale. She put Hannah in a bathtub and looked out her front window.
“I saw it coming at us from the end of the street,” Schulz said. “It looked like just a bunch of wind circling. I expected it to veer off in another direction, but it didn’t.
That’s when I jumped into the tub on top of Hannah and our little Yorkie. We were just praying. You could hear the cracking, popping.”
Hannah bit her thumb until it bled as the storm passed over. In less than a minute there was silence.
Schulz’s home sustained minor damage, shingles ripped off and mature trees snapped in two.
But several other houses on the street were mostly destroyed. In one place, Schulz said, a neighbor and her child took shelter in a front bathroom, while a back bathroom in the same home crumbled.
-- Tim Madigan
Video of Kennedale tornado by @jabberwockkie
Emergency responders were still assessing damage in Kennedale Tuesday afternoon where there were reports of widespread damage.
Police officers reported that one tornado touched down about 1:30 p.m.
Several mobile homes were either destroyed or damaged on New Hope Road and several businesses were reported damaged at Tower Drive and East Kennedale Parkway, said Tommy Williams, Kennedale police chief.
Police will run additional patrols through the area as business people try to secure their locations to make sure that there is no looting, Williams said.
Residents were also reporting power outages throughout the area, Williams said.
“There was one woman who was inside her mobile home when it flipped over but she was not injured,” Williams said. “She was very fortunate.”
The entire city was fortunate, Williams said.
“It looks like the tornado hit a house here and a house there and then skipped over most of Kennedale and then hit Arlington,” Williams said. -- Mitch Mitchell
The afternoon's storms had little effect on the roadways through the DFW Connector project in Grapevine, according to spokeswoman Selma Stockstill. The only issue was on the right lane of eastbound State Highway 114 at the International Parkway intersection. "We had some water there, but that is being pumped out," she said at 4:45 p.m. "It will be gone pretty quickly."
Mona Gandy, with Colleyville updated the list of street closures due to high water from Little Bear Creek. Besides having Oak Knoll, Jackson and Cheshire closed, Martin Drive also is blocked off, she said. Those will be closed through the night, she added.
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Capt. Andy Miller with the Salvation Army at Abram and Cooper streets in Arlington first received a call from the city of Arlington’s Emergency Operations Center just after 3 p.m. asking to get ready to house as many as 200 storm victims, either from the nursing home on Green Oaks Boulevard or homeowners from southwest Arlington.
“We are one of their main sheltering facilities,” Miller said. “If the city says they’re in need, we’re glad to help.”
Six children from the center’s after-school program and another six volunteers and staff set up 50 brand new cots in the gym and were waiting for more to arrive from the city’s Fire Department, Miller said about 5 p.m.
Brandon Tippett, 11, helped set up the cots and said he was scared for the nursing-home residents. Earlier in the day, he said his school spent about an hour in tornado drills.
“The tornado crashed their place so now they’ll have to crash here,” Tippett said. “I was worried about the tornado. They’re lucky to have someplace to stay.”
As of 6 p.m., the Salvation Army was on stand-by status. The city had sent 10 buses to the nursing home on Green Oaks in case they needed transportation.
The Salvation Army last sheltered storm victims in 2008, after Hurricane Gustov.
-- Sandra Baker
LANCASTER - Kevin Waters, a visiting health nurse, was with a patient at her Lancaster home Tuesday when they saw the sky turn a menacing shade of dark gray. They looked out the window and saw a tornado racing toward the patient's home on Pepperidge Drive.
Waters,the patient and a physical therapist who was also there crowded into a small bathroom.
"It sounds exactly like what they talk about - like a train coming through," he said. "You could hear the air swishing around you and the insulation started blowing under the door."
All of sudden the noise stopped and Waters peaked out the door. He saw the bright sky where the roof once stood.
The bathroom was the only room with a roof still over it. Furniture was strewn around the living room, a side bedroom was gone and chairs and clothes were strewn around the kitchen. Parts of the home's exterior brick was torn away.
Waters' Mustang parked out front had large dents to the front and back.
Other homes along the street also suffered serious damage. Dazed residents stood in the driveways next to battered vehicles, cell phones to their ears, describing their ordeals and the damage to relatives.
"I was pretty terrified," Waters said. "It's sort of a miracle we lived through it."
That's a picture of the house below.
-- Alex Branch
A tornado touched down in Irving, damaging Townsell Elementary School, district officials reported. No injuries were reported. The storm ruptured a gas line and took out two HVAC units at the school, according to spokesman Billy Rudolph. The school will be open Wednesday, he said. Townsell is north of Texas 183, off of North Beltline Road.
Unlike Big Bear Creek in Grapevine, Little Bear Creek in south Colleyville did leave its banks forcing the closing of some streets. Mona Gandy, city spokeswoman, said Jackson Road, Oak Knoll Street, in two places, andCheshire Drive were all closed due to high water.
However, by 4 p.m. the water flowing over Jackson Road was no higher than a tennis shoe's sole.
The high creek water had no affect on the Colleyville's nature center and Sparger Park, Gany said.
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Hundreds of flights have been canceled by American Airlines and American Eagle as the carrier assess the hail damage to its planes at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.
American spokesman said that 68 American Airlines aircraft and 33 American Eagle planes were being inspected for damage. Between the two carriers, 40 flights have been diverted from DFW.
Southwest Airlines only had two planes on the ground at Love Field when the severe storms rolled through Dallas.
Southwest spokesman Paul Flaningan said it has canceled 21 arrivals and 25 departures at Love Field and is hoping to resume normal operations later today.
Grapevine-Colleyville elementary schools began releasing remaining students to their parents about an hour ago. The KidzU after-school care program is operating as scheduled, and middle and high school students were released at regular times. Buses are running regular routes, but are about 45 minutes late. All outdoor after-school and evening activities are cancelled.
Arlington continues to tally up the damage from Tuesday afternoon's storms, but the destruction brings back memories from the March 2000 tornado that touched down a few miles to the east.
That year, a tornado first touched down at Matlock and Bardin roads in southeast Arlington. The storm cut a half-mile path through neighborhoods bounded by Interstate 20 on the north, Green Oaks Boulevard on the south, Cooper Street on the west and New York Avenue on the east, damaging dozens of homes and an office building on I-20.
The Arlington tornado was part of the storm system that produced a tornado that ripped through downtown Fort Worth and neighborhoods to the west, killing five people and injuring others.
-- Sandra Baker
Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck signed a disaster declaration stating that the city had “determined that extraordinary measures must be taken to alleviate the suffering of people and to protect or rehabilitate property.”
The declaration will pave the path for the city if it later seeks state or federal financial assistance to recover from the storms, officials said.
A person was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries after one of four wings at the Green Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center collapsed.
The city had initially considered opening a temporary shelter at a church or recreation center but later decided that residents at the nursing center at West Green Oaks Boulevard and Waterview Drive would be transported to other nursing homes.
-- Susan Schrock
Arlington's Office of Emergency Management has asked the Salvation Army to set up a disaster shelter at its center at 712 W. Abram, to be ready to take in any residents of a tornado-damaged nursing home.
The nursing home is trying to arrange space at a sister nursing facility in the area to take patients. But the city is arranging buses to take about 100 nursing home residents to the Salvation Army center if that doesn't work out.