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Up to 13 more tornadoes tore through Texas Cities: State of Emergency declared

Dallas : TX : USA | Apr 04, 2012 at 5:43 AM PDT
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Tornadoes ravage Texas

Update: 4.4.12 From CNN Live Television and ABC 7 News

As much as 13 more tornadoes ripped through Northern Texas Tuesday night on top of the 2 supercells which devastated the cites of Dallas and Fort Worth earlier Tuesday. Miraculously, despite the widespread damage, no fatalities or serious injuries have been reported. Mayor of Dallas Mike Rawlings summed it up this way, "Dallas has dodged a bullet."

A state of emergency now exist in Arlington and over 28,000 people are reportedly without power. Almost 7 million are affected by these terrifying weather. Over 600 homes and businesses have been destroyed, plus 110 planes damaged at the Dallas Fort Worth airport. On Tuesday over 300 flights were cancelled.

Forney county felt the brunt of last night's twisters while yesterday's hard hit areas were Cleburne and Lancaster. 12,000 tons tractor trailers were tossed around like toys, homes and businesses' roofs, walls and more were obliterated.The cost of the widespread damages have not yet been tabulated.

The arduous task of cleaning up has started Wednesday. Debris of broken tractor trailers and other vehicles folded like paper, plus downed power-lines, ravaged homes, businesses and other building are piled high.

Scroll down for my earlier report.

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Updated:8:40 P.M EST

Speaking to CNN's Wolf Blitzer Tuesday night, the mayor of Dallas, Mike Rawlings said despite the fury of the twisters, there were no fatalities or serious injuries. The extent and cost of damages to the city are still being assessed but are extensive.

Scroll down lower for my earlier report.

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Two powerful tornado supercells have hit Dallas and Forth Worth, Texas on Tuesday afternoon.Hail as huge as tennis balls also slammed the ravaged area.

Seen on CNN Television Live, huge tractor trailers and homes are strewn and broken everywhere, tossed around like toys by the massive swirling winds. Trailer tractors that weighed over 14 hundred tons were mangled like paper. Widespread damage is being reported. Some places reportedly received about 40-45 minutes to evacuate but other areas weren't as lucky, slammed within as little as 3 minutes after the warnings.

Homes can be seen completely destroyed while others close by were left surprisingly intact. The county of Cleburne has reportedly suffered extensive damage and over 300 buildings have been destroyed in Lancaster. One resident described the terrifying experience like being in the Wizard of Oz. She was clearly still shaken as she was seen on televison thanking God for keeping her safe. A little girl returning home from the school shelter, saw her home for the first time and started to cry because she was surrounded by houses that looked dramatically different to when she left for school that morning. Roofs and entire walls were missing in many. Some were even in worse shape.

Ground transportation is down and the Dallas Fort Worth Airport is reportedly on limited operation. 110 planes were damaged and 400 flights cancelled. DFW is a hub for American Airlines and they have cancelled all flights in and out of the area.

The cost of the combined damages and loss of revenue is not yet known but may run in the millions. Speaking on CNN, Sheriff Lupe Valdez said there were no fatalities at this time but emergency teams are still going from house to house assessing the damages.

Dallas, Fort Worth are now under a State of Emergency and a tornado watch is still in place as more storms are predicted for North Texas later tonight.

Check back for ongoing updates.

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