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. Oh how lovely

    Perhaps it was aliens :). . . . .

    April 4, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dreamer96

    If you want to see if God is involved in these tornadoes, see if God gets the Insurance Companies to cough up the cash to repair all the damages, and create some new jobs in the area...now that would be a miracle..to get those big Insurance companies to actually pay out on all their claims..They found so many ways to back out of them in New Orleans...and all along the coast after Karina..Like even Senator Lott lost his house and they did not pay because it was flood damage...during a hurricane...wow..

    April 4, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • dreamer96

      Hint :::Read your insurance policy very carefully before you start talking about God in front of your Insurance claims agent. ... Acts of God may not be covered by your insurance policy...

      April 4, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rollonmartin

    ole God Almighty is saving up for the big charade that will happen sometime this year prior to the re-election of the Whitehouse idiot. He will make sure that he is gone this fall. U can bank on that. When a country grows to be as ignorant as this one is presently and getting by by the seat of its pants, things will change. God Almighty will make sure of that!

    April 4, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnK

      So God is a Republican?

      Maybe he can make sure that Texas gets its federal disaster relief before it decides to secede from the Union! After all, its God's will that they take Commie government money instead of wasting it all on welfare mothers.

      April 4, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ton-e

    You never know when God will moves, but at times he steps in and intervenes. Praise God for the lives saved!

    April 4, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • sybaris

      Yeah ton-e, what you just described is the Almighty Caveat a.k.a. The Great Escape Clause

      April 4, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PaulMN

    Notice that "miracle" is in quotes in the headline. Oh, that's because CNN wants to make sure that you know that CNN doesn't believe in miracles, lest you think that CNN's policy is to possibly acknowledge that there might be a God.

    April 4, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I believe it is CNN's policy to stay neutral in the matter, and I also believe that CNN was using a direct quote from the mayor, much as one would use quotes for "CNN doesn't believe in miracles" when quoting YOU.

      April 4, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Yes PaulMN, those are to emphasize a word. There is a whole sentence qouted in the article, "We're looking at a miracle here," Rawlings said.
      Therefore the 'miracle' with those punctuations is to emphasize that it's a SO CALLED 'MIRACLE'.
      You are correct!

      April 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Where is it emphasized that CNN does or does not acknowledge the existence of God?
      Swoooooosh.....over the head......

      April 4, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      I was just saying that he was right about 'emphasizing' the word. Not that Cnn is taking a view one way or another.

      April 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. CentralTexas

    Those trailers flying through the air was pretty awesome. Glad no one got hurt.

    April 4, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnK

      Half of Texas lives in trailer parks so it really was lucky!

      April 4, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sybaris

    So when there's a tornado in a uninhabited area your god was what, practicing? Bad aim?

    But when there's one in a populated area and no one is hurt it's a miracle.


    I've got some ocean front property in Arizona to sell ya.

    April 4, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ron

    What's a miracle is that people still believe in god.

    April 4, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dreamer96

    April 22 2011...Tornadoes hit St. Louis area and nobody killed ....

    April 4, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave Ellis

    Before everyone goes attributing the "miracle" that nobody died to god.... stop and think that it must also have been God's will to send Tornadoes down and wipe out thousands of people's lives and homes.

    If God was truly peaceful and benevolent, he sure has a funny way of showing it. There is no love here, just destruction. A peaceful god would never have created the storm in the first place.

    It's amazing how the religious think... we have a horrible tragedy here, that have left thousands homeless and in need of dire help, and all they can talk about is how loving god is. It's appalling.

    It's remarkable nobody was killed, and it's incredibly lucky that's the case. Hopefully all the people affected by this tragedy are able to pick up the pieces and move on with their lives as fast as possible.

    April 4, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      God protect his own be grateful abt lyf dat was nt destroyed n stop worryin abt homes dat were destroyed

      April 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    You know what?
    I'm glad nobody was killed.

    April 4, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Airyc

    Why is it a "miracle" noone died? Why not just be thankful noone was killed rather than saying it was some kind of miracle.

    April 4, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chris

    People love to claim 'miracles' from the big imaginary dude in the sky when no one dies, or someone is saved in the nick of time. They always forget to explain why the tragedy happened in the first place. My theory is that their god hates them and just missed.

    April 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dreamer96

    People keep calling it a Miracle because nobody died...but it was a Miracle that the passengers on United Flight 93 September 9th 2001,decided they would risk dying to save the life of the members of Congress, or the staff at the White House,...That was a Miracle..Would those people have done the same for them??...the Firemen and Police men that went up the stairs while everyone else was going down the stairs in the Twin Towers that was much more of a Miracle then having no body die in a tornado...April 22 2011 EF4 Tornado hits St Louis and nobody dies...It does happen...and on any given day in Fort Worth...do people normally die...from car accidents, heart attacks, natural causes...

    April 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. eroteme

    A miracle noone died? We should be careful about what a miracle is. We could thank God for not demolishing our home, saying this was a miracle. But how do we feel about the homes that were demolished? No thanks to God here, no miracle occurred to save these homes. In fact it seems a bit like gloating when we thank God for not demolishing our home when so many other homes were demolished.

    April 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Axinex

      Big difference between a home and a life. When tornados rip through a metropolitan area like Dallas/Ft. Worth, home are bound to be destroyed and damaged. Accept it. Homes can be replaced, lives not so much.

      April 4, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • matthew

      "Noone"? You're an idiot.

      April 4, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lockwood

      Oh for goodness sakes, eroteme. Lighten up. "It's a miracle" is an expression. It means "it's amazing," hard to believe," "gosh, golly gee." OK? Sheesh.

      April 4, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • God never promised a life without trouble

      God never promised a life without trouble. He did promise that He would always be with those who follow and obey Him. We praise Him because He is God, not because He gives us material things. We praise Him on the mountain top and we praise Him in the valley. We praise Him in times of plenty and in times of need. He is who He is.

      April 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
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