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. Jay

    My thoughts and prayers for everyone there...stay safe

    April 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bush the terrorist

    Guys... relax! it's just an April fools joke. I live in plano and didnt experience anything but little rain.

    April 3, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BubbaMich

    Those smug comments from the northern socialist God-haters just continue to show that Rick Perry was right about Texas leaving the country again. And if they ever did the might be pretty surprised at just how many other states would like to join them

    April 3, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @bubbamich: by all means.

      you might be surprised to find out we don't want you. most are proud to be an american. where at least they know they're free.

      if you don't wanna be here, don't let the doorknob hit you in the azz.

      April 3, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Babs

      Yeah, right, I live in Michigan and you are wrong....and you don't have a clue what socialist means...keep repeating the Fox mantra.....la la la!

      April 4, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bush the terrorist

    I be wishin dem jig-abooos be gettin tatered from these craazy storms!! These wacky cooons be takin over my home town of Dallas and robbin, stealin, rapin, pimpin, killin, drugin....next tornado gonna drop down on a hood o' nigs and mop them up!! Yeah boyyeee. What up foo??

    April 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Trollin trollin trollin

    Jig-a-boo. Jig-a-boo. I luv you! Jig-a-boo. Jig-a-boo. I luv you! Jig-a-boo. Jig-a-boo. I luv you! Jig-a-boo. Jig-a-boo. I luv you! Jig-a-boo. Jig-a-boo. I luv you! Jig-a-boo. Jig-a-boo. I luv you!

    April 3, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Trollin trollin trollin

    Cooons. Cheeenks. Zeepper-heads. Pillow biters. Speeks. Can't we all just get a-bong??

    April 3, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TvNyC

    The world is ending.

    April 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • TvNyC

      Since it be da end of the world, I iz gonna pump a ton of gayboyz in da plump rump with my lil stump!! Packin da fudge!!

      April 3, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TvNyC

    Tomorrow, there will be a huge disaster, get ready.

    April 3, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TvNyC

    Ur dumb, stop using my name, dumb nut

    April 3, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. TvNyC

    I love you all.

    April 4, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. troll2012

    LOL YOUR ALL GOING TO DIE ON DEC 21ST 2012 DID YOU ALL FORGET THE END OF WORLD WILL BE HERE IN 8 MONTHS!!! THESES TORNADOS,EARTHQUAKES ARE THE SIGN THAT 12/2012 IS THE END DUH MAYBE YOU SHOULD GO TO YOUR UNDERGROUND SHELTERS LOL HOW STUPID

    April 4, 2012 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  12. TvNyC

    Its too bad I'm not happy. Maybe thats why I think the world will end. Hopefully God saves us all.

    April 4, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. troll2012

    2012 OR NOT IM RIGHT THE END IS NEAR!!! THIS SO FAR IS THE WORST YEAR IN HISTORY FOR TORNADOS AND I BET EVERONE IT WILL GET WORST YOU JUST WATCH THIS SUMMER WILL BE BAD IM SERIOUS I PREDICT THERE WILL BE THOUSANDS OF TORNADO OUTBREAKS THEN IT WILL HAPPEN THE NEW MADRID FAULT WILL OPEN IT IS DUE THIS YEAR LAST TIME IT TOOK 8 STATES WITH IT BACK IN JULY OF 1812 WELL THIS YEAR MARKS 200 YRS SO I ALSO PREDICT THE NEW MADRID WILL HAVE A 9.0 OR GREATER QUAKE AND TAKE 8 STATES WITH IT THEN YOU WILL SEEK GOD CAUSE THEN 12-21-2012 WILL BE THE END OF THE WORLD!!!

    April 4, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. troll2012

    I MAY JOKE ABOUT 2012 BUT I DO AGREE THIS WILL BE OUR LAST YEAR THE BIBLE SAYS THERE WILL BE EARTHQUAKES IN VARIOUS PLACES WELL LOOK AROUND ITS HAPPING SO I DONT CARE WHAT THE NONBELIEVERS THINK BUT YOUR THE ONES WHO WILL BE LEFT BEHIND

    April 4, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      earthquakes in various places.. i think that was last year. and the year before that.. and so on.. and so on..

      April 4, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. troll2012

    YEP YEP THESE TORNADOS ARE THE BEGINING

    April 4, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Babs

      Yep...the beginning of spring...lol!

      April 4, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
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