Nearly a Dozen Tornadoes Swept Through North Texas Last Night

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Outside Weatherford.
As day breaks in North Texas, residents are surveying the devastation wreaked by last night's storms. Dallas escaped the worst of it. The tornado sirens by our place just south of White Rock got going around 9 p.m. and kept on for a half hour, but we saw nothing but rain, heard nothing but thunder.

An hour to the southwest, people weren't so lucky. At least 10 tornadoes swept through Hood and surrounding counties, killing six and injuring dozens of others. The epicenter was Granbury, where all the deaths occurred, but Cleburne and Ennis were also hard hit.

A handful of storm videos have been uploaded to YouTube, and both Twitter and local news outlets are full of photos of the storm and the devastation it wreaked. Footage from the other side of Lake Granbury, but the clip below of one of clouds swirling into a funnel is mesmerizing.

Here's a glimpse at the storms and the devastation they left in their wake:

A tornado touching down last night in Montague County.


A wedge tornado outside Cleburne.

Near Ringold, Texas in Montague County.



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Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The ferocity of that storm surprised me, since the weather reports mentioned nothing about the possibility of tornadic activity.

ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Pretty crazy night for sure.  Put the son and wife in a closet while I was taking video.  Something about those sirens intrigue me.  Its a call to go outside for me instead of taking cover.  Sucks to see all the devastation in Granbury and Cleburne.  

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter



It is spring in North Texas.  We have thunderstorms in the spring in North Texas.  Some of these thunderstorms turn into "WRATH OF GOD THUNDERSTORMS" complete with lightning, hail, high winds; and, yes Virginia, even tornadoes.

To quote the late, great Harold Taft, "The weather in North Texas starts in North Texas, it doesn't come from somewhere else."

Anytime that I hear thunderstorms are coming, I get worried, very worried.




@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz I find it pays to keep an eye on the local meteorologists' twitter feeds. They'll start talking about stuff when it's still multiple counties away from the metroplex.

bmarvel topcommenter

Myrna -- you really DO need to get your head out of the litter box. That tornados were a possibility was widely reported all day on radio and TV. What were you watching? Rush? Beck?

Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Must of been to busy pettin your pussy.


@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz We obviously weren't watching the same weather reports.  I guess CNN (Cat News Network) is not the leader in DFW meteorology.

bmarvel topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin   Me, I Iike to find a high place and stand there waving a long metal pole in the air as the storm passes over. .


@ScottsMerkin Same here. The siren says, "Mother Nature will be putting on a spectacular show for an hour or two only, during which time she will play your spine like a bass guitar, and then it will be summer in Dallas for 150 days and 150 nights."


It's hardly worth enumerating the things we don't have in Dallas, but a short list would include mountains or hills, forests (the Great Trinity Forest is neither Great nor a Forest, which is apropos since the Trinity isn't really a river) or even tall trees, a large body of water, fall foliage, and mild weather or, conversely, idyllic "four seasons" weather.  

The long list of natural wonders we do have is a short one indeed: spectacular sunsets, lots of great-looking women, and SPRING!!! FUCKING!!! STORMS!!! Hell no, I'm not going to hide out in the hallway. 

ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Im smart about it.  I grew up in Kansas with lots of Tornados, had 3 different radars up and monitoring spotter chatter.  If I heard or saw one one on the ground, in my area, id definitely take shelter.  I do miss the basements of the midwest though.  Always felt so much safer in a basement than I do in a restroom or closet

bmarvel topcommenter

@mcdallas yeah, they're really cool. They get you big discounts in all he better stores and restaurants, and if a cop pulls you over, he'll let you go with a lecture, no ticket.

Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Missing my basement jazz n BBQ from kc.


@ScottsMerkin @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz I stand outside with my scanner and binoculars as well My wife keeps my life insurance policy Paid up Its a Rush .What has gets me  is when you can green flashes as the power transformers short out getting closer and closer .


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