April 4th, 2012
10:03 AM ET

Dallas mayor: It's a 'miracle' nobody died in tornadoes

Tractor-trailers weighing tens of thousands of pounds flew through the air. Roofs were ripped off homes, and other houses were left in complete tatters.

Yet no deaths have been reported after devastating tornadoes worked their way through the Dallas-Forth Worth and Arlington areas of Texas.

"It looks like the Dallas-Fort Worth area really dodged a bullet," Dallas Mayor Michael Rawlings told CNN. "I mean we've got hundreds and hundreds of homes destroyed but amazingly no fatalities."

Between six and 13 tornadoes may have touched down Tuesday in north Texas, the National Weather Service in Dallas-Fort Worth said. The number is an estimate pending a survey and damage assessment.

Rawlings said that as he looked at footage of tractor-trailers tossed about like lightweight toys, he was struck by how lucky it was nobody died.

"(Those) tractor-trailers were put into the back of homes and those homes were flattened," he said. "It was amazing nobody was in that home."

The storms left thousands of people without power and destroyed hundreds of homes.

"We're looking at a miracle here," Rawlings said. "We're looking at something amazing."

In Arlington, three people were taken to a hospital, and at least 150 homes were destroyed, according to Mayor Robert Cluck.

"We've done the primary search," Cluck said. "We feel as though we have everybody now, but they won't give up until they have done all the other searches."

Residents described scenes of horror and devastation as they watched massive twisters head their way. They all spoke of their terror as they saw debris - glass, cars and parts of houses - flying by them.

Rescuers will dig through smashed buildings Wednesday, hunting for possible victims of the tornadoes. But for now, it appears that the area may have been spared in a remarkable way.

"Somehow this whole thing all worked out," Rawlings said.

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  1. mike

    God's standard sure have dropped.

    2,000 years ago a miracle was the dead rising from their graves or feeding hundreds with a loaf of bread a few sardines – now it's a tornado not killing somebody but still wrecking the whole town.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jojo

    It really is a miracle that no one got killed. The film of the truck trailers being sucked up and tossed around by the Tornado is classic.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    @ JM, I think your talking about "willful sin" and yes I would agree with you.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gordon

    Why does god hate the bible belt so much? He sends the most destructive tornados there.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • fauxhawk70

      That's because God does not exist! The tornados are not something from a god somewhere!

      April 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    @ MIke,It would be a blatantly obvious to a thinking person that those so called *miracles* of today could never compare to what Jesus did in his date, not to mention you may be accused of mixing apples and oranges.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    @ Gordon, what in the heck! are your talking about? God isn't doing this. Please read your post again and take a long minute to ask yourself if that's logical.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Thank God

    They should all thank God for not killing them. The they should all ask God why he tried to kill them with tornadoes?

    April 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Because Killer Tomatoes are out of the question.

      April 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      there's a python in there...

      oh, lord

      ooo, you are so big

      so absolutely huge

      gosh, we're all really impressed down here, i can tell you

      April 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. O

    Mother marys big O did you shave

    April 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Superman

    @@@leeintulsa,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, what in the heck did i miss, that did not sound good

    April 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      someone posted they should thank god for not killing them. what i wrote was from monty python meaning of life. it was part of an intro prayer before the start a 'hymn' about god not killing them in lots of different ways – don't crush us, don't boil us in a vat, baste us with hot fat, etc.. mp fans, i figured would just need the first part lol

      April 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      A day without a reference to Python is....just not right.

      April 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dreamer96

    Yes It's a Miracle Nobody died..Let's all thank God for that, that God saved everybody,
    and Don't forget God also sent the tornadoes too...
    God sure has a funny sense of humor...Oh God, you're such a kidder...

    April 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. the truther

    Atheists attacking people's faith after they lost everything. No wonder atheists make the best murderers (mao/stalin). I mean not having a conscious and all

    April 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • dreamer96

      They have not even come close to losing everything...they have a long way to go before they truely lost everything..but It does crack me up how some people and claim anything is a miracle....

      April 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Oh, I don't know...there's een a whole lotta murder done on God's name...
      I don't think murder has faith....

      April 4, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Oh how lovely

    Whoa dreamer, I guess you could consider me an atheist. Since I don't believe in god. But that does not mean I do not have a conscious. And I saw the tractor trailors firing around that was pretty wild, after seeing that I was pretty amazed no one died. What do you mean SUPERMAN? Mother mary's big o? I do not understand. It sounds funny though.

    April 4, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Dor coninuity's sake, that was truther that said that about atheists.

      April 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Edit:
      'For continuity'

      April 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Diest

    Why does every Religio-Nut say miracle to explain a simple happening that they can't intellectually come to grips with, when life is full of coincidence.

    April 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dreamer96

    Those trailers were most likely empty...and in those winds they fly pretty easy...but I still think the word miracle is over used by the religious sector...

    April 4, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. FromNorthTX

    It's amazing no one died because in north Texas the soil and ground don't easily permit basements or storm shelters, like in other parts of tornado alley. People survived that wreckage at or above ground level. Early warning from our news channels (who did an excellent job) and sirens really helped.

    April 4, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ES

      Warnings are issued from the National Weather Service and broadcast by the TV stations. The fact is: the NWS employees did an excellent job. They issued warnings in a timely manner and were very accurate as to where they issued. We should be giving credit where credit is due. A huge thank you to all the NWS employees who protected lives during this event!

      April 4, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
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