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 StormTracker2K:


I knew from this morning this was coming this way that's why I've posting images of this line all day. Too much cold air aloft for this to go poof and also oddly enough that PWAT's have really went up over the last 3 hours over C FL. I even called the NWS in Tampa and they said not to worry as it would dissipate.


Yep, we have been posting them since this morning.
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TVS signature heading for Jedkins. I wonder if he's out watching the storm roll in.
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Quoting StormTracker2K:


I'm in Orlando and can see the lightning flashing to my west (cloud to cloud). I can't even imagine how bad the lightning is near the beach over by Tampa.

yes im seeing the flashes too but its not here yet, gee tracker i wont be getting any sleep in the near future lol..winds over 50 mph and possible tornado..im watching it closely, my thanks to all of you for currrent postings on this storm you would be surprised just how many local people here are reading all your postings.
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Watching you Grothar...

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TVS noted


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Quoting Grothar:


By the way, hydrus, how is the Flomax working for you?
As long as its flowing I,ll live. Very interesting system in the gulf. If it maintains its current intensity, I believe there will be damage along the immediate coast.
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Quoting CybrTeddy:
Winds around 56 mph coming into Tampa according to WU.


I knew from this morning this was coming this way that's why I've posting images of this line all day. Too much cold air aloft for this to go poof and also oddly enough that PWAT's have really went up over the last 3 hours over C FL. I even called the NWS in Tampa and they said not to worry as it would dissipate.
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This is a nice radar for the area in question at the moment.

Link
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Ever wondered what it is like to see an EF2 tornado pass directly in front of you while you're on an interstate?



Sorry it took so long to tell you, but that was a good video. Just wonder what the people were saying in those cars. If it was Texas, I have a pretty good guess.
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Quoting StormTracker2K:


Yeah Pat, I saw you guys got nailed last night. I posted a map earlier showing people that some places around you have received 8" so far this week and you have another batch on the way.


Yeah, twas a all night light show here with small Hail, lotsa vivid lightening and some wind too.

We watching the next one evolve tonight closely.

I saw that post earlier.We got Im guessing around 6" here easily.

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Quoting hydrus:
Yeah baby.....That and some Extra Strength Geritol and will call it a day..Your the best Gro...:)


By the way, hydrus, how is the Flomax working for you?
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Good disscussion tonight guys.Keep it up.
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West coast might actually see some damaging wing gusts here. Good outflow with this system..
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


Not asking what you are wearing...asking about the weather. :)


OK, OK. Got me on that one. As I mentioned before, the west coast should see some strong storms. Even a good part of it is moving SE, I don't see very strong lines developing on the SE coast. It will depend on how unstable and dry the air is. As you know, it was a remarkably cloud free day down here. We could probably get some good downpours, because this has stayed together surprisingly well, much beyond what was expected.
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Quoting Patrap:
I'd pay close attention to your local Weather folks as when this System now down Fla way came thru here last night, around 1:15 am they broke in Live to handle a TVS Locally and sure nuff there was one that spun down and was most likely a EF-O,to EF-1 and did minimal damage, but the vivid lightening and local rain amounts were impressive.


Yeah Pat, I saw you guys got nailed last night. I posted a map earlier showing people that some places around you have received 8" so far this week and you have another batch on the way.
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Winds around 56 mph coming into Tampa according to WU.
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Quoting LargoFl:
nws says 55 mph plus


I'm in Orlando and can see the lightning flashing to my west (cloud to cloud). I can't even imagine how bad the lightning is near the beach over by Tampa.

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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


Not asking what you are wearing...asking about the weather. :)
Yeah baby.....That and some Extra Strength Geritol and will call it a day..Your the best Gro...:)
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:

yes that I am very much so interested my uncle and I just had a chat as well with the others in our forecasting team we sort of disagree with the CSU numbers we are going to bring out our number in a couple of weeks and anyway I would love to know what you thing

Just click on the link then :)
Quoting CybrTeddy:
baynews9 is too busy pre-season downcasting the hurricane season to update viewers on what's about to hit Tampa.



Anyone has any idea what the wind is carrying on this?

Your news channel is already talking about (and downplaying) hurricane season?
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Quoting CybrTeddy:
baynews9 is too busy pre-season downcasting the hurricane season to update viewers on what's about to hit Tampa.



Anyone has any idea what the wind is carrying on this?
nws says 55 mph plus
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Quoting StormTracker2K:
Line now about 20 miles off shore and coming in fast. Hopefully all the people are getting off the beach as this is a wicked line coming ashore in Tampa!



Wow, hope everyone is at home safely. This looks like it could be nasty
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Quoting Grothar:
gee its got ALL the warnings on it..hope it weakens some before it gets here
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Line now about 20 miles off shore and coming in fast. Hopefully all the people are getting off the beach as this is a wicked line coming ashore in Tampa!

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Quoting MAweatherboy1:
I wrote a blog a little earlier about the CSU season prediction and my thougts on it if anyone's interested...

Link

yes that I am very much so interested my uncle and I just had a chat as well with the others in our forecasting team we sort of disagree with the CSU numbers we are going to bring out our number in a couple of weeks and anyway I would love to know what you thing
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Quoting Grothar:


Depends.


Not asking what you are wearing...asking about the weather. :)
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baynews9 is too busy pre-season downcasting the hurricane season to update viewers on what's about to hit Tampa.



Anyone has any idea what the wind is carrying on this?
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Hey all, also known as txjac on this site ...I will be in Scott LA early next week for work ...any suggestions on where to eat in that area?

Sorry for being off topic ...but with me ...good food is always on topic! lol
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Hang in there all ...

On a lighter note ...

baseball rain delay antics yesterday ...

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The SOI 30 day index is tanking bigtime now as it has crossed into negative territory.

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Interesting. Here in Palm Harbor, NWS Tampa finally updated the forecast five minutes ago from clear and no chance of rain to one that actually reflects the approaching weather. Guess everyone's at a local American Meteorological Society banquet tonight (according to a tweet by a local TV met) and not minding the store...
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Tampa
NEXRAD Radar
Type
Base Reflectivity 0.50° Elevation
Range 248 NMI

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Ever wondered what it is like to see an EF2 tornado pass directly in front of you while you're on an interstate?

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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


How much is this going to weaken as it crosses the state?


Depends.
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Looks like some of the worst of it might be moving into Tampa tonight ~12:30 or so.
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Quoting Patrap:


Indeed, note the front way back here still tonight.

This will be the 3rd meso system to come thru NOLA and Se La. the past 3 evenings from it,...the upper low.



Yep, been watching that one.
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Latest frame,29 minutes stale now

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Quoting Patrap:
I'd pay close attention to your local Weather folks as when this System now down Fla way came thru here last night, around 1:15 am they broke in Live to handle a TVS Locally and sure nuff there was one that spun down and was most likely a EF-O,to EF-1 and did minimal damage, but the vivid lightening and local rain amounts were impressive.
still waiting for it to get here, i see the flashes but no rain or wind yet
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That thing (in the gulf) came in pretty fast... hope people got off the water alright.
It looks to've been moving faster than a good number of boats might've hoped to.
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I'd pay close attention to your local Weather folks as when this System now down Fla way came thru here last night, around 1:15 am they broke in Live to handle a TVS Locally and sure nuff there was one that spun down and was most likely a EF-O,to EF-1 and did minimal damage, but the vivid lightening and local rain amounts were impressive.
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Quoting Grothar:


How much is this going to weaken as it crosses the state?
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Quoting LargoFl:
thanks, Im on that north end of this line if it doesnt change direction, looks like i'll be up tonight till it passes, dont like all that red in the line, might get squally here with winds too


Special marine warning off of the coast. Still holding together.
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Quoting Patrap:


that line has shown rotation on the Northern end, and even a TVS sig for as time.
thanks, Im on that north end of this line if it doesnt change direction, looks like i'll be up tonight till it passes, dont like all that red in the line, might get squally here with winds too
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