Tornadoes rip through Dallas metro area

By: AngelaFritz , 9:36 PM GMT on April 03, 2012

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At least three tornadoes have ripped through the Dallas metro area this afternoon, one passing between Dallas and Fort Worth, bearing down on the Dallas-Fort Worth airport but narrowly missing to the east. The other two tornadoes passed east of Dallas, one touching down near the town of Forney, where there were reports of impacts to the high school. The DFW airport issued a ground stop for all incoming flights and grounded all planes at their airports, and a spokesman said they were sheltering passengers. The airport is now closed while they inspect the planes for hail damage, and can accept no incoming flights for lack of a place to put them.

Residential neighborhoods were completely destroyed in the Arlington tornado, and tractor trailers were tossed like toys. Extensive damage was done to the Green Oaks nursing home and rehab center, which is just east of Lake Arlington. The Arlington tornado was on the ground for approximately 30 minutes. In addition to the tornadoes, trained storm spotters were reporting hail up to three inches in diameter, which is approximately the size of a baseball.

The mayor and city council of Arlington, Texas declared a state of disaster for the city when, just an hour after the tornado had passed through, it was obvious that the area had sustained incredible damage.

Tornado warnings continue to be issued, and the potential for severe thunderstorms with and tornadoes will continue through the evening in eastern Texas, Oklahoma, southern Arkansas, and Louisiana. The convective outlook paints a good picture of the tornado potential for the rest of the evening. If you're in one of these regions, stay alert for tornado watches or warnings that may be issued.


Radar reflectivity of the tornadic thunderstorms as they passed over the Dallas metro area this afternoon. The storms that produced tornadoes are circled, and Arlington, Texas has been pointed out on the map.


Tornado warnings (red) and severe thunderstorm warnings (yellow) at the time two tornadoes were passing to the east and west of Dallas, Texas.


Video of the Arlington tornado developing as it crosses US-287 near Sublett Road, from Twitter user @wesstevens.



Video 2. Dramatic video of semi-trailers being tossed more than 100 feet in the air by the Lancaster, Texas tornado of April 3, 2012.

Angela

Forney Tornado (ClockworkLemon)
Tornado that hit Forney, TX 4/3/12
Forney Tornado
Forney Tornado (ClockworkLemon)
Tornado that hit Forney, TX 4/3/12
Forney Tornado
Iowa Hail (RevMac)
A co-worker was describing the severe storm that rolled through eastern Iowa Saturday night and mentioned golf ball sized hail that damaged his home. He produced this photo as evidence. I told Nathan I would share with the WU family.
Iowa Hail
Large Hail (wecarver50)
Hail from April 3 storms in Dallas, Tx
Large Hail

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Quoting FrankZapper:
Were taking the kids to Disney World for spring break.
Nice!

I'll shoot a WU email or something when it gets closer. We could eat together.

EDIT: Unless you meant you are going to Disney World on the 28th. In which case, forget about me and just enjoy yourself.
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Quoting KoritheMan:
On a related note, I was actually in Metairie on the 31st. In fact, I'll be back again on the 28th. If you want to meet up, let me know.
Were taking the kids to Disney World for spring break.
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On a related note, I was actually in Metairie on the 31st. In fact, I'll be back again on the 28th. If you want to meet up, let me know.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


yep only ten storms
maybe 8 of them
will be CONUS landfalls
2 of which will be major
one of them a five in GOM
still tickled pink
Old El Nino may come back and send those few weaklings to the grave before they fully hatch. This may be the year for my big sailboat adventure!
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Quoting FrankZapper:
We really got dumped on last night here in Metairie near The Lake. About 5 inches. You must have got hit pretty hard too.
We did. I was standing out in it, actually (though in hindsight that probably wasn't a good idea, as I forgot to dry my shoes and had to come into work later with wet shoes :/).
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Quoting KoritheMan:

Sorry baby. You're right. Work just has me stressed.
We really got dumped on last night here in Metairie near The Lake. About 5 inches. You must have got hit pretty hard too.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


yep only ten storms
maybe 8 of them
will be CONUS landfalls
2 of which will be major
one of them a five in GOM
still tickled pink
That claim is equally bad. No offense.
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Quoting FrankZapper:
Looks like a lot of long faces on this blog now that Grey is predicting a SLOW season. I for one am tickled pink about this and I advise others to join me and breathe easier.


yep only ten storms
maybe 8 of them
will be CONUS landfalls
2 of which will be major
one of them a five in GOM
still tickled pink
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Quoting FrankZapper:
Take it easy baby.
Sorry baby. You're right. Work just has me stressed.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


We go through this every year. Less storms does not mean less of a season.
Take it easy baby. If I were you bro I'd let my "guard" down a little.
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Quoting LargoFl:
Rain has started ...Yessss!!!!..weatherguy is still saying strong wind with this


We had a nice downpour here and it gusted to 49 mph and plenty of lightning. It died down but has picked back up again with occasional lighting thanks to that convective debris rain region moving overhead.

The great news is as dry as its been, we are getting some nice steady rain for a while to wet the ground, because I believe we have a better shot tomorrow night of significant thunderstorm activity. SPC has a severe risk over us and convective parameters are looking good for tomorrow and tomorrow night. When it is too dry heavy rain just runs off but us getting rain tonight could make any heavy activity tomorrow night to soak in better.


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Quoting FrankZapper:
Looks like a lot of long faces on this blog now that Grey is predicting a SLOW season. I for one am tickled pink about this and I advise others to join me and breathe easier.


We go through this every year. Less storms does not mean less of a season.
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Looks like a lot of long faces on this blog now that Grey is predicting a SLOW season. I for one am tickled pink about this and I advise others to join me and breathe easier.
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GRO needs some rain huh

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Quoting nigel20:

I think it's getting a bit creepy now


Now you see why I despise pet names coming from strangers. It's downright capital "C" creepy.
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Good night all!
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Wow I found this very interesting. I live in the Tampa Bay area and as you can see by this graph my area has been hit by 2 major hurricanes since 1920, the Tarpon Springs Hurricane and Hurricane Easy. Notice the stark contrast of the two 46-year period.

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Quoting presslord:


You're right...sweetheart...


lol good one!
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


Awh look how close we are all getting!

I think it's getting a bit creepy now
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Quoting PedleyCA:
Well, I am calling it a night.

Hope that rain makes it over to Grothar. (please, please)

Stay safe all.

Same to you!
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Good night, darling.


Awh look how close we are all getting!
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Quoting PedleyCA:
Well, I am calling it a night.

Hope that rain makes it over to Grothar. (please, please)

Stay safe all.


Good night, darling.
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Well, I am calling it a night.

Hope that rain makes it over to Grothar. (please, please)

Stay safe all.
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Quoting presslord:


You're right...sweetheart...


Priceless...
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Quoting presslord:


You're right...sweetheart...


Come on doll face, no need to spook the cutie pie.
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Quoting BrickellBreeze:


Is it Possible that the line could hold while crossing the state?


Very unlikely.
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Quoting presslord:


You're right...sweetheart...


I know I'm right, bud (I don't mind that one, as in, don't find it creepy, but it's the most acceptable male endearment term I could think of).
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Quoting KoritheMan:
Just got back from work. On my lunch I went to Burger King, and noticed something particularly strange (well, I've always noticed it): the employees were calling the customers "baby". Why would we want to call someone we don't even know by a pet name? tbh, this has always kind of bothered me, even if I'm not on the receiving end. I saw someone with a shirt the other day that said "Don't bro me if you don't know me". I smiled on the inside. Just a little. Like, wtf people?

Anyway, just wanted to throw that out there. And depending on the type of word used, not only does it become superficial, it becomes creepy.


You're right...sweetheart...
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Quoting CybrTeddy:
Very nasty looking system on radar, local news absolutely dropped the ball on this. People have no idea what's going on. TVS on radar to boot.


It's been weakening since the SVR warning went up. Highest gust while coming ashore in Pinellas Co. was 40mph.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Planning to workout in a second. You?

I'll be off to bed pretty soon
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Quoting Grothar:


I wish we could get a little.


Is it Possible that the line could hold while crossing the state?
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Quoting bappit:

The entire state is having some sort of Drought
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Quoting nigel20:

What's up Korithe?


Planning to workout in a second. You?
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Quoting KoritheMan:
Just got back from work. On my lunch I went to Burger King, and noticed something particularly strange (well, I've always noticed it): the employees were calling the customers "baby". Why would we want to call someone we don't even know by a pet name? tbh, this has always kind of bothered me, even if I'm not on the receiving end. I saw someone with a short the other day that said "Don't bro me if you don't know me". I smiled on the inside. Just a little. Like, wtf?

Anyway, just wanted to throw that out there. And depending on the type of word used, not only does it become superficial, it becomes creepy.

What's up Korithe?
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Quoting LargoFl:
ok on top of me, some heavy rain, much needed and gusty wind but nothing at all severe..gee its nice to see the rain, we really needed this

Happy you are getting some well needed rain
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Just got back from work. On my lunch I went to Burger King, and noticed something particularly strange (well, I've always noticed it): the employees were calling the customers "baby". Why would we want to call someone we don't even know by a pet name? tbh, this has always kind of bothered me, even if I'm not on the receiving end. I saw someone with a shirt the other day that said "Don't bro me if you don't know me". I smiled on the inside. Just a little. Like, wtf people?

Anyway, just wanted to throw that out there. And depending on the type of word used, not only does it become superficial, it becomes creepy.
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Quoting LargoFl:
ok on top of me, some heavy rain, much needed and gusty wind but nothing at all severe..gee its nice to see the rain, we really needed this


I wish we could get a little.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Tornado Warning: "One of These Days a Single Tornado Will Claim Over 1,000 American Lives"


good article...
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ok on top of me, some heavy rain, much needed and gusty wind but nothing at all severe..gee its nice to see the rain, we really needed this
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SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY AREA - RUSKIN FL
1041 PM EDT WED APR 4 2012

FLC057-081-103-050250-
/O.EXP.KTBW.SV.W.0002.000000T0000Z-120405T0245Z/
HILLSBOROUGH FL-PINELLAS FL-MANATEE FL-
1041 PM EDT WED APR 4 2012

...THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR NORTHWESTERN MANATEE...
PINELLAS AND WESTERN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTIES WILL EXPIRE AT 1045 PM
EDT...

ALTHOUGH THE STORMS HAVE WEAKENED BELOW SEVERE LIMITS THEY WILL
CONTINUE TO PRODUCE GUSTY WINDS...HEAVY RAIN...AND DEADLY CLOUD TO
GROUND LIGHTNING.

LAT...LON 2808 8285 2806 8280 2816 8281 2816 8245
2781 8244 2785 8256 2796 8256 2795 8271
2789 8258 2769 8271 2759 8262 2762 8258
2776 8245 2750 8245 2748 8272 2754 8275
2760 8263 2765 8270 2758 8278
TIME...MOT...LOC 0240Z 266DEG 30KT 2805 8265 2756 8261

$$
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


Crossed my arms and blinked.


Don't forget the head nod. See they never listen to me. They think I am just here for the laughs. :)
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Quoting Grothar:


How did you do that?


Crossed my arms and blinked.
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


How did you do that?
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Rain has started ...Yessss!!!!..weatherguy is still saying strong wind with this
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Quoting Grothar:

Quickly falling apart.
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Quoting jrweatherman:
Look at the last 10 min and the line is weakening as it approaches Pinellas County. Earlier I thought it would weaken because they always do. Then it looked to be holding really well but now it is weakening. We will get some nice rains but the severe threat is quickly lessening.
getting windy now, lot of lightning flashes and thunder boomers getting stronger, no rain yet by me
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Look at the last 10 min and the line is weakening as it approaches Pinellas County. Earlier I thought it would weaken because they always do. Then it looked to be holding really well but now it is weakening. We will get some nice rains but the severe threat is quickly lessening.
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