Tremendous tornado damage as twisters and hail tear through areas near Dallas

Twisters caused millions of dollars of tornado damage in South Dallas

Up to a dozen tornadoes touched down in areas south of Dallas on Tuesday, tossing tractor-trailers hundreds of feet into the air and causing widespread tornado damage, especially in Lancaster and Arlington. At least 17 people were injured but there were no reported deaths.

As the storm system moved northeast, it spawned another tornado in Forney, a suburb just east of Dallas, where the fire station and several homes were hit and the high school saw roof damage, NBC News reported. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport was hit by large hail and more than 225 outbound flights were canceled, NBCDFW.com reported. Travelers were taken to shelters as the storms passed. American Airlines canceled all its remaining flights Tuesday to inspect for hail damage.

One tornado hit the Flying J Truck Plaza in Dallas, tossing two trucks, said driver Michael Glennon, who caught the destruction on his video camera.

“The second trailer is ripped to pieces and thrown 50 to 100 feet into the air,” Reuters quoted him as saying.

Ten to 12 tornadoes touched down during a massive storm that brought chaos from high winds, rain and hail to the nation’s fourth most populous metropolitan area, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jesse Moore. Seven people were injured in the suburb of Arlington, police said. Most suffered only minor injuries but one person hit by a falling tree was in critical condition, said Arlington police spokeswoman Cheryl Carpenter.

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