A series of tornadoes has ripped through Texas, hurling lorries, cars and destroying buildings in its path. Injuring at least 17 people with no fatalities being reported. Possibly a dozen tornadoes rumbled across the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area on Tuesday, levelling many homes. North Texans scrambled for cover as the warming sirens blared.
April is peak tornado season, which lasts from March to June. But meteorologists say this year has had many more twisters than usual. National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Bishop said that the irregular occurrence has meant that the pace of tornadoes if currently above normal.
Dodged a big bullet
Most of Dallas was spared the full wrath of the storm. Yet in Lancaster, television helicopters panned over exposed homes without roofs and levelled buildings. Residents could also been seen walking down the street alongside fire fighters and peering into their homes to look at the damage after the storm had passed.
Over a hundred flights into and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field had to be cancelled or diverted elsewhere, and approximately 500 flights remained grounded.
Authorities have been amazed that nobody was killed given the intensity of this storm, the number of tornadoes and the population density of the area. In an interview with CNN, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said that they had dodged a big bullet and that it had to have been a miracle.
Meteorologists say that the survival rate for tornadoes that take place during daylight hours is much higher, as people are more likely to hear to see what is going on and take cover. Twisters are most deadly at night.
Sixth grader Hailey Pellerin said that she and other students had just started their lunch, when teachers took the students back to the classrooms in their southwest Arlington elementary school. She went on to say that the students had to duck and take cover for two hours.
Major damage and destruction
Larry Rains who lives nearby said that as he was locking up his building he saw the tornado approaching him, tearing off the rooftops and he could see all the destruction being thrown around in the air. Justin Strong who lives in Cash Texas between Quinlan and Greenville commented on how his plans are go back to his home and see what is left to salvage and start rebuilding his home.
The total cost of damage in the Dallas-Fort Worth area may exceed $100 million, Mayor Rawlings says it will take a long time for the town to rebuild and recover from the damage.