Two tornado’s touched down in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. The Texas tornado tossed around tractor trailers and semis into the air while spinning them around before throwing the trucks back onto the ground. The tornado carved a path of destruction while moving north through the state.
The first funnel cloud was spotted on the ground at 1:01 p.m. in Ellis County, near Lancaster and moved east. As that tornado moved across Dallas County, another tornado developed in Mansfield, just south of Arlington in Tarrant County.
A code black was issued at Parkland Hospital in the Dallas, ordering all patients to be kept a safe distance from the windows.
A “tornado emergency” was declared by the National Weather Service for the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas on Tuesday. The weather service said “considerable damage” also was reported near Cleburne, south of Fort Worth, and Lancaster, south of Dallas.
Damage was reported at Six Flags amusement park in Arlington, Texas.
All flights are grounded at Dallas Fort Worth Airport.
There was damage at Interstate 20 and Cooper in Arlington, where vehicles on the roadway were flattened.
CNN‘s Chad Myers said the worst is yet to come, “Both storms right now are getting bigger. They both have been rotating, and they both have significant possibilities of damage on the ground heading into DFW.”
Accuweather.com reported that the severe storm behind the tornadoes is expected to move across the Southern Plains throughout Tuesday afternoon and evening.
The advisory states the storms could carry golf-ball-size hail, winds gusting to 60 mph and locally heavy rainfall. The main threat will be from noon to 6 p.m. The area facing the severest threat is along and east of U.S. 281 from San Antonio to Burnet, Texas.
Senior meteorologist for Accuweather.com Henry Margusity, said, “There were two storms producing tornados as of Tuesday afternoon. While tornados at this time of year are not unusual, it was unusual to have two major metropolitan areas being hit at the same time.” He added, “I’ve never seen that happen in my life.”
No injuries have been reported.