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rockdawg21
04-03-2012, 08:17 PM
Anybody watching this?

CNN and Weather Channel have great coverage. This is crazy stuff!

Tractor trailers flipped and flying hundreds of feet in the air, $500,000 homes destroyed, etc.

Live stream here:
http://www.cnn.com/video/?%2Fvideo%2Fcvplive%2Fcvpstream3#/video/cvplive/cvpstream3

rockdawg21
04-03-2012, 08:27 PM
Here are a few photos that I've found so far:

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1055215.1333479353%21/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/image.jpg

http://sharing.fox10tv.com/sharewlin//photo/2012/04/03/CNN-dallas-tornado_20120403143703_0_640_480.JPG

http://i.usatoday.net/communitymanager/_photos/on-deadline/2012/04/03/tornadox-wide-community.jpg

rockdawg21
04-03-2012, 08:30 PM
Currently, there is a tornado heading to the DFW Airport. All planes have been grounded.


NBCDFW.com has a nice slideshow:

http://www.nbcdfw.com/weather/stories/Tornadoes-Touch-Down-in-North-Texas-145972095.html

VCURamFan
04-03-2012, 08:37 PM
Man, this is nuts! My prayers go out to everyone there!

rockdawg21
04-03-2012, 08:43 PM
Man, this is nuts! My prayers go out to everyone there!
Me too. I have a lot of friends in the northern suburbs of Plano, Frisco, and McKinney. The 2 cells are heading in that direction right now. Been able to reach about half of my friends so far, but gonna have to wait a few hours to see what happens once the cells actually pass by.

rockdawg21
04-03-2012, 08:49 PM
Weather Channel just announced a 4th tornado in between Fort Worth and Dallas (close to Grand Prairie).

Bella79
04-03-2012, 08:51 PM
Weather Channel just announced a 4th tornado in between Fort Worth and Dallas (close to Grand Prairie). OMG!!:sad: My family is in Mid cities area (Tarrant County)

rockdawg21
04-03-2012, 08:59 PM
OMG!!:sad: My family is in Mid cities area (Tarrant County)
Better text them and see how they're doing. There already was a tornado that went through downtown Dallas and destroyed some neighborhoods.

Bella79
04-03-2012, 09:00 PM
Better text them and see how they're doing. There already was a tornado that went through downtown Dallas and destroyed some neighborhoods.

Thanks Rock I just called my brother and no answer.. I hope everyone is safe and no lives are lost..

flo
04-03-2012, 09:01 PM
This is awful! I hope you and Bonnie (and your families) are safe, RD. The cable coverage keep showing traffic driving towards the storms.

rockdawg21
04-03-2012, 09:06 PM
This is awful! I hope you and Bonnie (and your families) are safe, RD. The cable coverage keep showing traffic driving towards the storms.
Thanks Flo, I'm fine here, I live in San Antonio so I'm 4 hours away from all this mess. We just have a slight overcast here so no biggie.

This is crazy though, DFW is the 4th largest metroplex in the U.S. with close to 6.5 million people there and it's just continuing to get worse with hours of this remaining.

VCURamFan
04-03-2012, 09:09 PM
I just got a text from Bonnie: they're doing fine. Like RD, they're not in the Dallas area so they're watching it on the news, as well.

rockdawg21
04-03-2012, 09:18 PM
Thanks Rock I just called my brother and no answer.. I hope everyone is safe and no lives are lost..
Hope so! Haven't heard of injuries or deaths as of yet so that's good. Lots of home damage though.

I just got a text from Bonnie: they're doing fine. Like RD, they're not in the Dallas area so they're watching it on the news, as well.
Good to hear.

rockdawg21
04-03-2012, 09:19 PM
I'm worried most about what's heading north as most of my friends are in the area getting hit now and within the next 2 hours.

Bonnie
04-03-2012, 11:12 PM
I didn't realize what was going on until a couple hours ago right before Ben texted me. I'd been gone and just turned the tv on and saw the video of the tractor trailers. I called my sister and told her she should check on her husband's extended family who lives up around Dallas. We didn't really have much of a winter and temps are already in the 80's, and springtime and early summer are usually ripe for conditions for tornadoes. April has been one of the deadliest months for tornadoes as we saw last year.

Hope all your family and friends are safe.

rockdawg21
04-04-2012, 12:24 AM
Everything is all good for my friends up there :)

Still haven't really heard of any significant injuries or fatalities, which is pretty amazing.

Bonnie
04-04-2012, 01:04 AM
Everything is all good for my friends up there :)

Still haven't really heard of any significant injuries or fatalities, which is pretty amazing.

Same here for my brother-in-law's family who lives in Flower Mound. His sister-in-law said they were okay but the areas around them got hit.

rockdawg21
04-04-2012, 01:33 AM
Weather Channel is now showing no fatalities, but many injured. It doesn't state severity of injuries though.

Bonnie
04-04-2012, 01:57 AM
Weather Channel is now showing no fatalities, but many injured. It doesn't state severity of injuries though.

The Mayor of Dallas was talking with Wolf Blitzer and he said they've been checking with the surrounding areas also, and as far as they know, no fatalities. Like the Mayor said, as bad as it was, they were really blessed.

It is incredible when you see those trailers flying thru the air!

rockdawg21
04-04-2012, 02:33 AM
The Mayor of Dallas was talking with Wolf Blitzer and he said they've been checking with the surrounding areas also, and as far as they know, no fatalities. Like the Mayor said, as bad as it was, they were really blessed.

It is incredible when you see those trailers flying thru the air!
Yeah, that was amazing to see that happen!

Here's the biggest hailstone I've ever seen. This was found in Forney, TX, a small town of 14,000 just outside of Mesquite (a suburb on the east side of Dallas). In addition to this hail, they were hit by TWO tornadoes.

http://i.huffpost.com/gen/556376/FORNEY-TEXAS-TORNADO-SCHOOLS-HIGH-ELEMENTARY.jpg

rockdawg21
04-04-2012, 02:44 AM
Bonnie, the Weather Channel just said those tractor trailers weigh 15,000 to 16,000 pounds and tornado was able to launch them 100 to 150 feet in the air!

J.B.
04-04-2012, 02:58 AM
Crazy stuff, definitely glad to hear that it looks like everybody is okay.

I believe I have shared this before, but I will share it again anyway. In 1990, when I was only 8, a nasty tornado ripped through my hometown of Joliet/Plainfield IL. It caused a ton of damage and killed quite a few people, including my great aunt. My great aunt/uncle were working as custodians in Plainfield High School (where I eventually went to school) the day before the first day class was supposed start. If the tornado would have come a day later, there would have been like a 1000 students in the school when the tornado destroyed it. Also, one of my best friends and former bandmates watched his entire house fly away from his basement with his family.

I was in a department store called "Venture" (similar to Target) with my mom when the power went out. One of the employees came inside screaming; "there's a tornado coming down Larkin ave!!!" Essentially, that meant it was coming right towards us so a lot of people panicked and ran to their cars to try to escape, against their better judgement. My mom wanted to do the same thing, but I felt like going outside that was a bad idea so I took off running towards the back of the store because I knew she wouldn't leave without me. Eventually the tornado passed us, but not before completely destroying much of the neighborhoods surrounding the strip mall we were in, and then moving north to wipe out Plainfield. That neighborhood is where I grew up, and to this day I still hang out right in that area when I am visiting home. I even still shop in that same store from time to time, even though it's now a grocery store, and I always think back to that day. I also have spent some time in Jolpin MO a few times over the years when I make road trips, typically between IL and AZ, and I know they got hit really bad by a twister last year. Tornados are not to messed with.

Here is a short video about the Plainfield tornado from 1990. Still gives me goosebumps every time I watch it. The janitor they mention was my great aunt...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOOBNUULqOo

rockdawg21
04-04-2012, 03:07 AM
Thanks for sharing JB, I remember that tornado. Sorry to hear about your great aunt, that's tough to lose her at such a young age.

rockdawg21
04-04-2012, 03:08 AM
Here's a great video of the tractor trailers flying in the air. Also, look at all the flashes from the transformers it's popped. They say 48,000 homes are without power in Dallas:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN5Izcf-z9k

J.B.
04-04-2012, 03:16 AM
Thanks for sharing JB, I remember that tornado. Sorry to hear about your great aunt, that's tough to lose her at such a young age.

I was still young and we weren't very close, but I still remember being very sad about it because everybody around me was. My great uncle lived through it, but a wall crushed his legs and he was in the hospital for a while. He still walks with a cane to this day. The craziest part, that I couldnt truly comprehend until I was much older, was that they found her almost a mile away in a cornfield and she was still alive. When they found her she asked them how her husband was and then passed away.

The whole was surreal at that age. All the destroyed homes and buildings, and news reports of deaths. Heck, the only reason PHS was so state of the art when I went there for high school was because the tornado just destroyed the old one 6 years earlier. However, in the hours right after it happened, I had no real sense of understanding just how bad it was. When we eventually left the store, we drove back home and I just remember being mad that the power was out and I couldn't play Nintendo. We didn't have the kind of news reporting and cell phones like we do today, so it really took a few days for all the news to get back to us, because we had no power and no phone.

J.B.
04-04-2012, 03:28 AM
Here's a great video of the tractor trailers flying in the air. Also, look at all the flashes from the transformers it's popped. They say 48,000 homes are without power in Dallas:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN5Izcf-z9k

That is so crazy. The sheer power of a tornado can be truly breathtaking. In a way, it's actually pretty awesome. Obviously, I'm not trying to make light of these kinds of disasters or the damage they can cause to human life, but it's one of those things that just reminds us about how microscopic we actually are in terms of how this world works. People, myself included, should think about that next time they tweet/facebook about how good their dinner was or what color shirt they are going to wear.

rockdawg21
04-04-2012, 10:06 PM
25 incredible photos from yesterday:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/incredible-pictures-of-the-tornadoes-near-dallas

Bonnie
04-05-2012, 08:53 PM
I was still young and we weren't very close, but I still remember being very sad about it because everybody around me was. My great uncle lived through it, but a wall crushed his legs and he was in the hospital for a while. He still walks with a cane to this day. The craziest part, that I couldnt truly comprehend until I was much older, was that they found her almost a mile away in a cornfield and she was still alive. When they found her she asked them how her husband was and then passed away.

The whole was surreal at that age. All the destroyed homes and buildings, and news reports of deaths. Heck, the only reason PHS was so state of the art when I went there for high school was because the tornado just destroyed the old one 6 years earlier. However, in the hours right after it happened, I had no real sense of understanding just how bad it was. When we eventually left the store, we drove back home and I just remember being mad that the power was out and I couldn't play Nintendo. We didn't have the kind of news reporting and cell phones like we do today, so it really took a few days for all the news to get back to us, because we had no power and no phone.

Wow, JB, so she was one of the ones they found in the cornfield. :sad: I bet she was hanging on until she knew your uncle was okay. If a tornado can pick up semi trailers that weigh 10,000-16,000 lbs and toss them around like tonka toys, she didn't have much of a chance. :sad:

They said the warning came too late (after the tornado hit); they delayed because people were griping they were sending out too many warnings where nothing ended up happening. Talk about a hard lesson...