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. I Seriously Do Not Care

    Sorry.
    But the State of Texas perhaps deserve this for aiding and abetting – harboring a child beater? Why – that's what they would say about anyone else – that it is the Wraaaaathhh of Gaaaawwwwddd!
    So...there ya go.
    I do not give a crap.

    April 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • dreatx

      So only Texas has child beaters?? you are in idiot.. i wish a tornado to spin your fat stupid head right off your waste of space body..

      April 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laura

      You are a complete Mo Ron. I happen to have family there who had nothing to do with aiding and abetting whoever you are talking about.

      April 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Parker

      YOu are nuts, and I hope you die.

      April 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Wow. Would you care if this happened in your town? Complete disregard for human life/safety is just unbelievable.

      April 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • RRP

      The lord does work in myterious ways and Texas is due for a real ass kicking.... $$$ is not everything.... Time for a little reminder of whats important....

      April 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dallasite

      You just sounded like the biggest DB on the planet. You really do need to travel more and see the world – maybe have a little more compassion for the "everyday man and woman" that has nothing to do with your idiotic views. Don't stereotype a state for the actions of a few. These are good people suffering a natural disaster, you moron.

      April 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miracle

      Really? Really. How sad for you.

      April 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dreamer96

    Those semi box trailers flying through the air are probably empty trailers...big surface for wind to hit on one side, and can create a vacuum on the other side, or bottom and lift them up..once in the air the wind can really toss them around..

    April 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • cpc65

      @dreamer96: They probably still weight a couple of tons even empty. That's still pretty darn impressive.

      April 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kingofthenet

    Kennedy's ghost is just having a little fun(Payback)

    April 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mac3333

    To the guy crying about CNN coverage as it relates to safety I say get a grip. If someone in the Dallas area is looking for weather updates they shouldnt be tuned to either FOX or CNN. Try a local station for, get this, LOCAL NEWS ...

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

      Severe climate events don't exist. There's nothing to see here, please go outside and play.

      April 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. hemplover

    Time to face the realities of global warming, y'all.

    April 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dreamer96

    Good thing Global Warming is just a myth...or We might be really worried about this summer's coming weather....

    April 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. IshouldTabifa

    Duck Boy... Empty comments deserve hollow replys

    April 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kingofthenet

    Maybe they will wreck Jerry's new stadium, than the Cowgirls will have a reason to forfeit.

    April 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. francois2012

    If you choose to live in Texas, you choose to put you and your family in the most extreme danger known to mankind.

    OK

    April 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dallasite

      ... and if you choose to live in CA with earthquakes, "you choose to put you and your family in the most extreme danger known to mankind" ... and if you live in New England with it's blizzards "you choose to put you and your family in the most extreme danger known to mankind" ... and if you live in Florida where hurricanes destroy, "you choose to put you and your family in the most extreme danger known to mankind." Tokyo with sunamis and earthquakes, volcanoes that erupt in different parts of the world ... I mean, come on!!! francois2012, next time think before you claim an area is a disaster prone area.

      April 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sarcastro

    Since tornadoes seem attracted to trailer parks, I suggest Texas build a a decoy trailer park without any human intelligence nearby.

    Oh wait, I suppose that already describes most of the red states that don't believe in climate change...

    April 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mother Nature

    There sure is alot of crap littering the Earth.

    April 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dreamer96

    Zeus is flushing his big toilet in the sky again...

    April 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kingofthenet

    I am sending down some relief...A BIG 'ol box of Bootstraps!

    April 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jimbo

    Dallas went 65/35 for Obama in '08 and every single elected position in the county has gone to Democrats for years, you ignorant fools. Even Dallas County, which includes the more conservative suburbs, went 58/41 for Obama. Sure, it's got more than its share of religious folks, but it's also got the 5th largest gay community in the country. Can we all agree that none of them deserve to die a horrifying death? Fricking sociopaths. I'm liberal by and large, but you're no better than the Teabaggers, if all you can do is promulgate blind tribalism and hatred. Eat it.

    April 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dreamer96

    Zeus is mad Cheney got a new heart...

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