Entries in Tornados (3)


Tornadoes Touch Down In Dallas-Fort Worth Area; Damage Reported

ABC News(DALLAS) -- At least two tornadoes touched down in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Tuesday, carving a path of destruction before moving through northern Texas.

There was no immediate word of injuries.

At one point, live aerials from the scene showed what appeared to be a truck trailer being lifted off the ground and tossed some distance. Footage from ABC News affiliate WFAA showed rooftops flying off homes.

A tornado warning was issued early Tuesday afternoon for Dallas, Ellis, Johnson and Tarrant counties and remains in effect.

Lieutenant Tim Jones of the Johnson County Sheriff's Office told ABC News Radio that the twisters came with little warning.

“We had a tornado touch down in a rural area of our county,” he said. “Couple of homes have been hit. … Severe damage to those homes; severe damage to quite a few buildings.”

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Deadly Tornado Outbreak Wreaks Havoc across Parts of Southeast

File photo. (iStockPhoto/Thinkstock)(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) – Two people have been confirmed killed after overnight storms including at least 22 reported tornadoes caused severe damage across Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

The worst damage was reported in Oak Grove, Ala., south of Birmingham, and in Clay, Ala., to Birmingham’s north, where two people were killed.

More tornadoes are possible Monday from Atlanta, to southern and central Alabama, down to New Orleans. Golf ball-sized hail is possible, forecasts say, along with winds nearing 80 mph.

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Apparent Tornados Jolt Westfield, Springfield in Western Massachusetts

Springfield Falcons(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) -- Multiple tornadoes slammed western Massachusetts, destroying buildings, flipping vehicles and leaving at least four dead.

The Massachusetts twisters hit as unstable weather threatened the entire Northeast, bringing tornado watches to Philadelphia, New York and Boston.

The situation in Massachusetts was so bad that Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency statewide, which involved calling up 1,000 members of the National Guard.

At least four people have died as a result of the weather, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency's Peter Judge told ABC News Boston affiliate WCVB. There was one death in Brimfield, Mass., one in West Springfield, Mass., and two in Westfield, Mass.

Tornadoes were confirmed in the Massachusetts communities of Springfield, Wilbraham, Westfield, Monson and Oxford, WCVB reported.

Patrick said at least 19 Massachusetts communities were affected by the twisters.

"Motorists should be off the roads," Patrick said. "There are downed limbs, downed wires. We have reports of as many as 26,000 people without electrical service. There may be and likely [will] be more before this is all over."

One tornado ripped through downtown Springfield, Mass., and into its suburbs around 4:35 p.m. Wednesday, knocking down trees and destroying buildings. There were reports of injures and people trapped by debris in the city of about 150,000 residents 90 miles west of Boston.

Roads were impassable in the hardest-hit areas and people were stuck in their cars because of downed power lines, state police said. Rescue operations were underway citywide.

Cameras on buildings trained on the western part of Springfield showed broken trees, roof damage and overturned trucks. All police units were responding to the downtown area.

Video and pictures of apparent tornadoes in Springfield and elsewhere in western Massachusetts showed funnel clouds, swirling winds and debris flying through the air.

Betsy Hogan was on Springfield's Memorial Bridge when the tornado hit.

"I was at the halfway mark on the bridge and the tractor trailer in front of me flipped right over," she told WGGB. "I'm still shaking. ... Once that tractor trailer went I thought I was going to go too.

There have been an average of two tornadoes per year in Massachusetts since 1950, though none since 2008, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The last fatalities from a tornado in the state were in 1995, when three died and 24 were injured by an EF4 tornado.

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