At least two tornadoes touched down in areas south of Dallas on Tuesday, causing widespread damage. The National Weather Service described them as “large and extremely dangerous.”
With the storms still moving northeast through the region, many properties were damaged or destroyed and the Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport was hit by large hail, NBCDFW.com reported.
Dallas flights were shut down and travelers were taken to shelters as the storms passed.
“This is a serious situation,” the NBC affiliate reported over the air at the height of the storms, as meteorologists showed live footage of “debris balls” in Dallas, Ellis, Johnson and Tarrant counties, where officials were trying to get a tally of injuries and damage.
Live video showed a huge funnel cloud moving through a populated area as flashes of exploding power lines lit the sky. Vehicles were thrown across a major highway.
Large trucks were seen being flung through the air. “There’s lots of 18-wheelers,” said NBC 5 reporter Mola Lenghi near Arlington. “I’ve never seen this before.”
“There’s tremendous damage here,” said NBC 5 reporter Ken Kalthoff in Lancaster. More than 100 children and adults inside a daycare center there appeared safe but the building was heavily damaged.
No deaths were reported but an undetermined number of people were injured, he added. Tornado sirens went off ahead of the touchdown.
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