Tornadoes Cause Damage In The Dallas Area

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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April 3, 2012

There's heavy damage in the Dallas area from tornadoes, and more could be on the way.

The National Weather Service has already confirmed at least two] separate "large and extremely dangerous" tornadoes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and several other developing twisters were reported.

The tornadoes have torn roofs off homes, and left flattened tractor trailers along highways and parking lots.

Early this afternoon, video from highway cameras showed a large, dark funnel cloud on the ground, not far from a major interstate. A short time later, crumpled orange tractor trailers were visible in a Dallas County parking lot.

South of Dallas, television footage showed homes without roofs, and other buildings that were flattened. Residents could be seen walking down the street with firefighters and peering into damaged homes.

A spokesman at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport told a TV station (WFAA) that airport employees pulled passengers away from glass windows and into inside areas of the airport as the storms moved through.

At 3:15 p.m. American Airlines announced it had cancelled all flight operations for the evening at DFW airport. One arrival and one departure have been cancelled at Wichita's Mid Continent Airport.

Former KAKE employee Greg Hutchinson was in DFW Airport when the tornadoes touched down. On twitter he wrote "People taking shelter at Dallas airport. This is surreal".

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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