Reported Tornadoes Move Into Metro Area Tuesday Evening

DALLAS/FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Strong storms moved into the region Tuesday evening, scattering tornadoes, hail storms and heavy winds in nearly every corner of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area for more than four hours.

And despite a high profile tornado touching down near DFW Airport and heavy hail causing Rangers staff to move fans into the tunnels below the Ballpark in Arlington, a Red Cross spokesman said the organization was not asked to open their shelters.

The wild night of weather began at 7:30 p.m. when a tornado touched down in Azle in the eastern edge of Parker County. It continued to move into Northwestern Tarrant County, causing much headaches for areas east for the rest of the evening.

At DFW Airport at about 8 p.m., a tornado was reported near DFW Airport. Tracy Everbach, a tenured journalism professor at the University of North Texas, was waiting to board a flight to Europe. She said officials made an announcement over the loudspeakers saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, a tornado has been spotted near the airport. This is a serious situation. This is not a drill.”

DFW Airport staffers removed all passengers from planes on the tarmac and moved them to safe areas inside the airport as a precaution. The same happened at Love Field.

American Airlines canceled all flights out of DFW Airport, but some were allowed to land late Tuesday.

Multiple funnel clouds were also spotted in southern Denton County near Guyer High School and along Interstate 35W near Ponder and Westlake at around 8:15 p.m. Residents near Keller and Southlake were on edge for most of the night, as a line of storms hundreds of miles long careened from Brownwood up to the Oklahoma border and pounded the mid-cities along the way.

At Highway 820 and Rufe Snow in North Richland Hills, a mostly-vacant shopping center had roofing and insulation blown into the parking lot. Winds knocked over some air conditioning units on the roof as well. Fire fighters were on scene, but would not issue a comment.

Reported tornadoes also touched down in southern Dallas County near Lancaster and Seagoville. No damage had been reported early Wednesday morning.

Click here for a slideshow of CBSDFW.COM user photos of the storm.

At Rangers Ballpark in Arlington players, workers and fans were all moved into the service level of the stadium underneath the stands through the field’s bullpens just after 9 p.m. Play resumed in the bottom of the fourth inning at about 11:24 p.m.

By 10:20 p.m., Oncor said about 70,000 customers in the DFW area didn’t have power.

At about 10:30 p.m., reports of 60 to 70 mile-per-hour winds hit Irving, Plano and McKinney before moving along. The Irving Fire Department reported no damage in the city.

Heavy winds and reports of wind-wrapped tornadoes in Kaufman County began around 10:30 p.m. and passed through within an hour. The Kaufman County Emergency Management Director reported no damage within the city from the storms, other than a few downed power lines and trees.

In addition to the tornado reports, large golf ball- to softball-sized hail fell in the storm that stretched from Parker County to Dallas County.

As a reminder, the National Weather Service must verify all tornadoes. Funnel clouds must touch the ground before they are tornadoes.

People in the path of the storms are encouraged to move to a safe area while the storm passes.

There also have been reports of damage to homes in the Saginaw area. Severe thunderstorm warnings continued early into the morning Wednesday in Henderson and Van Zandt Counties as the storms moved into East Texas.

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  1. anthony says:

    come on midnight storms be gone!

  2. Dmcmahan says:

    Get it said and get off the air whesre we can see the programs.

  3. Carole Reed says:

    Larry is the Best weather man/person, We have very large hail in Grapevine and Southlake right now.

  4. kevan fenderson says:

    DFW operations still shut down…have moved everyone to interior walls…intermittent emergency annoucements…

  5. Paul Vincent says:

    Can someone tell me what Irving Texas is like as have family there and cant get hold og them on the phone

    1. Sarah says:

      My boyfriend lives in Irving, he said his lights were out..so that might be why you cannot reach anyone.

    2. Krista says:

      Everything is fine now. We don’t live far from Irving. No tornado’s or any worrysome size have touched down, and nothing in Irving. Just big storms. Nobody has been hurt in the storms either… 🙂

  6. richard headrick says:

    I pray for you from Alabama

  7. Marsha Weast Griffin says:

    Large hail in North Richland Hills

  8. Tk says:

    Storm has moved thru Irving, Some hail,just finished up in Dallas, no real damage, funnel clouds forming thru out storm but not touching the ground at this time, headed west, toward terrell

  9. Brenda says:

    Can you please give more info on Rockwall. My daughter is there and the TV reception is off. She is frightened.

    1. Krista says:

      No need to worry. My house looks directly towards Rockwall. Just thunder and lightning now. We are in Wylie (not far at all). No tornado’s. Sirens were going off, but the hail is pretty well done now too. Just spoke to my friend in Rockwall and she said its pretty well over. 🙂 Hope this helps!

  10. Gerald Blow says:

    Great coverage; thank you!

  11. AMANDA says:

    still raining heavily in mesquite.. but passing by quickly.. hail not any to report yet. however slight ice drops have accured.. power flickers and sirenes have been going on and off constantly for the past hour..

  12. amanda says:

    marble sized hail is now starting in mesquite…

  13. amanda says:

    lotz and lotz of rain hail has slowed down.. wind is back and forth.. meaning one moment calm next moment windy..

  14. amanda says:

    wind is back and forth.. meaning one moment calm next moment windy..storm has slowed down .. thank you cbs ya’ll have done an excelent job keeping everyone up to date.. way to put it out there..!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Paul Vincent says:

    Many Thanks to all who gave info for Irving.

  16. Melody says:

    Excellent coverage of the storms tonight! Thank you very much!

  17. Aimie Thomas says:

    Can someone tell me if there has been any reported damage on W. Lover’s Lane? My little sister lives in a condo there but she got off the phone quickly and is now not answering. Thank you.

  18. Claudia says:

    What about the area just west of 635 and the tollway? I guess around the intersection of 77 and 635. Not sure what county that is.

  19. Beverly Amos-Bryant says:

    I’m very thankful you keep reporting on the weather conditions and storm track

  20. TexanFromOregon says:

    I’m sold on CBS11. Your storm coverage was by far the best. Thanks for all you guys do. It looks tiring having to keep updates coming for hours on end. Nice work.

  21. Jonathan Bellew says:

    The Irving Fire Department was wrong there were trees down all over the street.

  22. luKe says:

    can anyone tell how far the damage ar Fort Worth, Texas, goes? I have a sister working on a ranch there, please give me some news if you have’em! Thanks

  23. luKe says:

    It is on Tarrant county

  24. barbara kelley says:

    tornado did hit rock island and storey area. Trees uprooted, big trucks twisted, limbs down every where, fences blown around, and roofs damaged.

  25. chuggar says:

    i felt the tremors all the way from alabama. check out my photos here.
    http://www.vidhyaashram.com

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