Tuesday, April 3, 2012 , Updated 5:38 p.m., April 3, 2012
UPDATEDx2: Tornadoes, rain, hail pelt parts of Dallas-Fort Worth
Homes are reportedly damaged in several cities, including Dallas and Arlington.
Photo via @amandamclain
A series of serious spring storm activity blasted through Dallas-Fort Worth on Tuesday afternoon. At least two tornadoes damaged buildings and homes, though no injuries have been reported by police thus far.
A Tornado Watch was issued for Dallas-Fort Worth just after noon on Tuesday and is expected to last until 8 p.m. It includes these counties: Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, and Rockwall. The National Weather Service says a tornado was spotted near Forney at 3:36 p.m., moving northeast.
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) preliminarily counted 12 tornadoes in North Texas. That number is not yet confirmed by the SPC.
Flights at DFW Airport were temporarily grounded because of golf-ball-sized hail in the early afternoon on Tuesday. Airport attendees were told to seek shelter in designated storm areas, but restaurants are staying open to accommodate passengers. American Airlines canceled all their DFW flights for the evening, but the airport is not closed, according to Twitter.
People at Love Field were evacuated to the first floor and underground. Shoppers at Grapevine Mills mall took cover, too. The Dallas County Community College District is closing two campuses on Tuesday: North Lake College in Irving and Cedar Valley College in Lancaster. DCCCD reports that North Lake College has no water and Cedar Valley College has no power.
Several schools are holding students until the storms pass, including Dallas ISD. [UPDATE: Dallas ISD students were released as of 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.]
Photo via @methoblog
A tornado in Arlington swept past St. Barnabas United Methodist Church, as shown in the Twitter picture on the right. Arlington police report at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday that no injuries have been reported so far, but crews haven't been able to search all the damaged areas yet.
Here's some video from a brave person in Arlington:
Tornado in Arlington (April 3)
UPDATE x2: The city of Dallas reports damage in the 4100 block of Stage Coach, where 50 large trucks were damaged at Snider Trucking Company. They report 47 homes damaged on Stage Coach Trail, with 40 uninhabitable and seven "totally demolished." About 1,500 Dallasites are without power.
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Trees were downed near Skyline High School, the city reports, and "a car was thrown into a fence."
U.S. Senator John Cornyn has already released a statement about the weather. “In the coming days my staff and I will be working with state and local officials to ensure North Texans have all the federal support they need, and I encourage those affected by today’s storms to contact my office for assistance,” he said.
Shannon Sutlief contributed to this story.