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. mallard

    expect more of this if Obama is elected

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

      All republicans states are getting hit. Talk about a sign.

      April 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • KingOfTrolls

      Mallard, my i call you duck? Nice use of an unrelated event to interject politics, how witty of you, think up that yourself. You are indeed the king of wit. Linking Obama to tornadoes, Sir you are the best commenter of all. Just kidding, i cant support that,

      April 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Essie

      You must be dizzy!!! WHAT A STUPID STATEMENT!! Your IQ must be REALLY low!

      April 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Funny how it seems only red states are getting hit with disasters. maybe they're finally getting whats due for voting for Bush....just saying.

      April 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jokesterer

    Why did God create tornadoes?

    April 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • cpc65

      Your sins.

      April 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • pop

      So... He can see GREED, LIE, CHEAT, STEAL.... He destroy them.

      April 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • KingOfTrolls

      Andy, note to self, normally means to SELF, we shouldnt be able to read it, OH WAIT. you are trying to sneak a negative comment in about CNN again, You witty sob. you keep fooling us.

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

      Science and chemistry in the clouds create tornadoes, not some lame sky daddy...

      April 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • mainesrd

      To clean up the Trailer parks?

      April 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • H K

      why do people blame God for bad things. Whether you are in the Bible belt or anywhere else in the world, God is not the cause of suffering. On that point the bible is clear. He is not so cruel as to kill children, innocent good people, or tear apart families. That teaching is why many are not interested in the Bible anymore. The bible says the whole world is in the power of the wicked one.. Satan. He is the one responsible. When Gods rule thru Christ begins having its affect on the earth, which it will, you will not see destruction, suffering, sicknes and the like... the whole earth will be a paradise where rightiousness dwells... that is what God will bring to earth. not suffereing. I am not a fanatic but I surely cannot sit by while people are being hurt thinking God is doing these horrible things to them. Its just not true. I am so sorry for those who have been affected by this tragedy and others.

      April 3, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mike

    Tornadoes just make me dizzy...

    April 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cpc65

    One of the airborne trailers contained a load of chocolate. It dropped onto another trailer that contained a load of peanut butter!

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

      Too funny!!

      April 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @cpc65: lol

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

    RIP MRSKATZ

    April 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jokesterer

    And how did Noah get two tornadoes onto the ark?

    April 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cpc65

    This blows!

    April 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Brian

    Wow. Just............wow. "Pray for more." "That's what you get for being religious freaks." Bible belt comments. "Who cares?" comments. To narrowly lump all people in a major metropolitan area into a religious bucket or a regional bucket and to show such apathy about a natural disaster occurring, with lives potentially lost or at least very, very negatively impacted, shows why we are failing as a country. Jeez, these are fellow human beings we're talking about.

    April 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lori

      thank you Brian for stating what the rest of the SANE posters are thinking.. people are in danger and stupid trolls have to say stupid things.. stay safe everyone– you are in our thoughts – up here in Canada... I hope nothing bad ever happens to the people on here who are so cruel.

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

    Finally, Doppler! Note to self. Tornadoes breaking out around me, don't count on CNN for news you can use, can save your life!

    April 3, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. pop

    God EXISTS!!! God Created tornadoes. Not evolution science. people and even HAARP...

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

      Finally a sensible comment, God created EVERYTHING, spontaenous combustion, or evolution will not explain the finite detail inherent in all living matter, bravo sir, you have entered a wonderful comment. See that is how intelligent comments are crafted.

      April 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. pccoder

    Not in good taste. But I was thinking the same thing, Republican states keep getting it.

    April 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    This is a heavily populated area. I don't see anything funny here. Grow a conscience!

    April 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lori

      Really... please people, think of others for once... lives are at stake and trolls comment on everything but... Dallas, you are in our thoughts.. stay safe everyone..

      April 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. assignmentc

    That is just incredible. I was just in Dallas a week ago, I sure hope everyone is okay!

    April 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. heloise8

    Reblogged this on The Trough.

    April 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sarcastro

    Thankfully the predictions of more severe weather events is just in our imaginations.

    I suggest all the lovely science disbelieves in the path of this tornado go outside and pray the science bearing down on you away.

    Grog has spoken. Go in peace.

    April 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
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