April 3rd, 2012
02:51 PM ET

Tornadoes thrash Dallas area

Multiple tornadoes struck the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas early Tuesday afternoon. CNN and its Texas affiliates are updating developments as they come in.

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[Update 3:51 p.m. ET] Lt. Tim Jones of the Johnson County sheriff's department told CNN that "911 is going off the wall with people calling in with reports of sightings."

He reported multiple tornado touchdowns across the county, including in the city of Cleburne, south of Fort Worth and southwest of Dallas.

A new tornado warning was issued about 2:45 p.m. CT for Arlington, which is between Dallas and Fort Worth.

[Update 3:40 p.m. ET] DFW airport spokesman David Magana told CNN that people in the airport's passenger terminals had been herded away from windows in waiting areas.

"We have all kinds of shelters. We use all the available space we have including stairwells, store rooms and restrooms, that we can use," Magana said. "We're not shy about moving people around."

He advised people to stay away from the airport until all danger had passed.

[Update 3:33 p.m. ET] CNN's Ed Lavandera, who was in Dallas when the tornado struck, said there were several isolated cells of storms throughout the area.
Lavandara said the track of one tornado would have taken it through a heavily populated area near the stadiums of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers, as well as Six Flags amusement park. If the storm had stayed on the ground there, it would have caused catastrophic devastation, he said.

"We right now are in shelter ourselves," Red Cross spokesperson Anita Foster told CNN. "Some of our teams that are on the southern end of the metroplex have started making plans for how we are going to respond . ... Many people are going to need help."

She said Red Cross workers would fan out across the area "as soon as it's safe, as soon as we can get out of our door."
Foster warned people to heed warning sirens and seek shelter in interior areas of structures.
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport halted all takeoffs and landings until the storm system ends.
CNN meteoroligist said hailstones 3 inches in diameter were being reported. CNN affiliate CBSDFW showed evening-like darkness amid heavy rain at 2:25 p.m. CT.

[Update 3:13 p.m. ET] At 2:05 pm CT (3:05 ET) Tuesday afternoon, trained weather spotters reported a tornado on the ground five miles east of downtown Dallas, Texas. The tornado is moving northeast at 20 mph.

[Update 3:09 p.m. ET] After the tornado passed through, CNN affiliate CBSDFW showed dozens of orange Schneider trucks in various states of damage and disarray.

CNN affiliate WFAA showed severe damage to some homes in Lancaster,  Texas.

[Update 2:59 p.m. ET] Separate tornadoes in Texas barreled toward the Dallas-Forth Worth area Tuesday, prompting the National Weather Service to issue tornado emergencies.
Video from CNN affiliate WFAA broadcast dramatic footage of the scene, showing truck trailers being lifted and tossed like toys. Ominous clouds filled the skies.
There were no immediate reports of major injuries or damage, but CNN's Chad Myers said the worst may be yet to come.
"Both storms right now are getting bigger. They both have been rotating, and they both have significant possibilities of damage on the ground heading into DFW," he said.
The weather service urged people in the area to move to a bathroom, closet or hallway on the lowest floor of their buildings and take cover.

[Original post 2:51 p.m. ET] An apparent tornado ripped through Dallas County, Texas, Tuesday afternoon.

A news helicopter from Dallas CNN affiliate WFAA followed a funnel cloud churning through a truck terminal, tossing 80-foot metal cargo trailers hundreds of feet in the air.

CNN meteorologist Jacqui Jeras tweeted, "Watching homes being damaged now in Dallas. Large pieces of debris in the air. Lots of power flashes."

Check back frequently for updates as this story continues to develop.

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  1. xab

    Pray for more.

    April 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Drake

    That's what you get for being religious freaks.

    April 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. KingOfTrolls

    Some of the comments above are precious. Mike said hurricanes in the bible belt. isnt he sweat. Wallybird said "sky faeri, a reference to our creator i suppose, isnt he a darling. Matthew mentioned GEICO, isnt he a WIT. keep em coming folks.

    April 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Aerin

      Sky Fairy is a reference to YOUR mythical god.

      April 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • server4ever

      These idiots have nothing better to waste their time on but making ignorant comments during a potential tragedy.

      April 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. whitetrash

    Omg hope my hometown is safe and all my friends . I hate tornados .

    April 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. TriXen

    We actually have several tornadoes in the area, not just one. I'm north of Fort Worth and we are under 2 tornado warnings right now.

    April 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wisco30

      Good luck Trixen, I hope you and your family are safe.

      April 3, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lori

      stay safe..you are in our thoughts

      April 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Wisco30

    How scary.
    Hold on Texas, hopefully no reports of major casualties or damage.

    April 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Bob

    So eleven months out of the year, the Texas governor will complain about the federal government and say Texas should secede because it could do better on its own. Then some little spot of bad weather or a fire and like clockwork the governor will BEG for the federal government to send help and money because it can't man up and handle a minor problem itself.

    April 3, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • KingOfTrolls

      Thats precious. Very nice comment on the on your opinion of the Texas Gov'ner

      April 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sean

    Anyone notice the small white car casually driving towards the end of the clip while trucks are being tossed in the air?

    April 3, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Aerin

      lol. yeah, close call.

      April 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • dreamer96

      That little car was not catching much wind force..but those big trucks, and their big box trailers catch a whole lot a wind force..

      April 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tasha

    What the heck is that car doing driving through a tornado?

    April 3, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. pop

    INSURANCE COMPANIES don't covered lost good sold.... TORNADOES = FAILED....

    April 3, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. AndyF

    Dang it CNN, FoxNews doing great job tracking storm, giving info that can save lives. Instead you focus on the damage. Choice, provide info that can save lives, or hope for ratings boost by focusing on the morbid? Shame it has been almost 20 min, not one Doppler. Switch to FoxNews, still on dopler, providing info that can save lives, BEING A FRICKEN NEWS SERVICE! Shameful coverage CNN, shameful!

    April 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wisco30

      If you dont like it, just go away. Sheesh, nobody is holding a gun to your head.

      April 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • KingOfTrolls

      Andy, may I call you andy? that is so sweat, pointing out to CNN, err wait you are commenting so "others" read it. WAIT A TIC!! Are advertising for Faux News? How clever, never thought of using this medium to influence others to my way of thinking, OH wait, I do it all the time.

      April 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @andyf: don't be stupid. people threatened by the storm aren't watching cnn. they are watching local channels, and at least one of them in every big town is a cnn affiliate. so, cnn's affiliates, local channels, are all over it. notice the mention of the cnn affiliate helicopters on the scene.

      do you really think cnn should be covering every tornado warning in the country, all the time? there would never be anything else on.

      i hate it when our local channels do it for storms that have crossed into arkansas, where they are watching *their* local channels..

      April 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jyves95

    This is a sign.. JR and Bobby are coming back.

    April 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. raven

    Thrash...now theres a descriptive not often used in regard to weather...I like it.Thrashed.

    April 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Christine

    That's aweful, hope no one gets killed. I guess it was only a matter of time before a tornado hit a major US City.

    April 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • leeintulsa

      lol christine. yeah, this is the first time.

      if you don't count any major us city, including dallas..

      April 3, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Aerin

    ok, now can you ignorant repugs say Global Warming?

    April 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • KingOfTrolls

      Aerin, my I call you athiest? Athiest, of course there is global warming, the cooling, its cyclical silly. God created seasons, and cycles, and the moon, the stars, your athiest self. but i digress.

      April 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
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