Tornado Tally: No Deaths and Few Injuries, but Plenty of Wreckage Left Behind

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The aftermath of the now-famous Dance of the Trailers.
The storms have moved on, but chaos is hanging around for another day: According to Oncor, some 4,000 people are still without power across the 'plex. NBCDFW reports that about 300 homes were damaged or destroyed in Lancaster, while an AP report from this morning says there were another 650 in Arlington; there aren't solid numbers yet from Forney or Kennedale, where damage was also reported.

Fox 4 reports that one of the Arlington buildings damaged was Green Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where part of a wing was clipped off. About 130 residents had to be moved into an interior part of the building. And at DFW Airport, about 500 flights remain grounded.

The Salvation Army sent out two "mobile emergency disaster kitchens" to Arlington yesterday, where they also set up a shelter at the community center, 712 W. Abram St. The American Red Cross reports two shelters open: Lancaster Recreation Center, at 1700 S. Veteran's Parkway in Lancaster, and Tommie Allen Shelter, at 7071 Bonnie View Road in Dallas.

WFAA reports that the National Weather Service sent out three teams this morning to assess the storm damage. There are no fatalities reported and about 15 injuries, mainly in Arlington and Forney. A Facebook page has been set up for lost and found pets.

The bulk of the Observer staff had a lengthy, impromptu bonding session in the stairwell. Those of us working from home got to sit in the hallway and quietly freak out. Our sympathies to everyone who lost their homes or property.



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blackcatsearching
blackcatsearching

   “Nice Post. It’s really a very good article. I noticed all your important points. Thanks"

1 freckle
1 freckle

We did hear a report of a child in Allen released from school only to be struck by lightening.  My kids school was on lock down.   How did this school release the kids?

mynameisURL
mynameisURL

I predict that someone will leave a message today at FOX 4 "Viewers Voice" segment lamenting the fact that Judge Judy was preempted by the tornado related coverage.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

WFAA went 5 straight hours w/o a commercial.  that is phenominal. 

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

First and foremost, i'm glad this region had their collective crap together when it came to handling both media coverage and storm preparedness yesterday.  While I give tv/radio weather folks a bit of grief for "over dramatization" when it comes to reporting in-studio, especially during winter weather events, I respect the job they do in the springtime. The news that few injuries occurred and loss of life was adverted was a sheer miracle...

Tremendous winner
Tremendous winner

How did no one die? I'm glad no one did, but that just blows my mind. Remember that famously corny scene in Twister with with the flying cow? This was with thrailers. I've already read that extreme weather like this is associated with global climate change. We get a snowed out Super Bowl one year and a 12-tornado rampage the next year. What have we done? Look at the wreckage! The last time someone witnessed that much wreckage, Anna was at the gynecologist's office.

Guest
Guest

At least one elementary school in a nearby district let their kids out even when the district was supposed to be on lockdown (and within minutes of the sirens going off).

Ed D.
Ed D.

The twin thunderstorms didn't rumble their way through Allen until late in the day and actually went to either side of the city. We got rain and hail and plenty of lightning but nothing like the wind and chaos that most of the metroplex got.

mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

Local meteorologists do a great job of giving immediate updates over Twitter, and there's not much room for extraneous drama in 140 characters. Extra handy when the power's out and you're forced to rely on your smartphone for updates. :)

@cbs11garry:twitter @cbs11larry:twitter @wfaaweather:twitter @wfaaweathertoo:twitter @nbcdfwweather:twitter are all good to follow, and I've probably missed others.

(If you don't want weather updates cluttering your normal twitter feed, you can just add them to a list and watch the list when there's trouble.)

LaceyB
LaceyB

WFAA did some high-class fear mongering. I couldn't look away, though, from about 2:30-4. Pretty good stuff--scary. Glad it didn't hit my family, and my condolences for those that it did get.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I'm assuming it was much better in the moment than the 5 o'clock hour aftermath coverage was--that was borderline unwatchable.

JS
JS

I also liked whomever it was on Fox4 that told Shaun Rabb to shut up for a second. How that guy (Raab) still has a job is beyond me.

Anna Merlan
Anna Merlan

Dude, I would tell you to stay classy, but you really don't need my help. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

sometimes in think they go over the top, mostly with ice/snow storms, but seeing the carnage left behind yesterday, I dont think it was fear mongering, it was genuine concern for our citizens.  Thats why I think there have been no deaths reported, people heeded the warnings and they were out early. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

yes scruff it was, Im betting after 5 hrs of live on the fly reporting and producing, many of the 5 oclock hr news anchors and reporters were tired. 

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