Two Tornadoes in Dallas

Dallas has been remarkably tornado-free throughout its history. However, a tornado — spun off from the remains of Tropical Storm Hermine — has been doing damage in the Dallas area for the past half hour. I’ll have updates when there is more information.

Here is an image of the amazing hook echo just left and slightly above the “D” in Dallas. The tornado crossed I-35E near the Lowes Hotel. There is some damage.

Photo from WFAA TV. It is of the tornado crossing the Trinity River west of downtown Dallas.

From KXAS TV (NBC). The debris cloud is at bottom with the thin funnel cloud above.

There were apparently two tornadoes, one near Seagoville and a second from just west of downtown Dallas toward Love Field.

Here is the Seagoville tornado, also from KXAS.

Tornadoes often occur with the remains of tropical storms and hurricanes. The good news, if there is ever any good news when it comes to tornadoes in populated areas, is that those tornadoes are relatively weak. You don’t get a Greensburg-type tornado in this type of weather situation.

Finally, this screen capture of KDAF TV’s coverage. The tornado is about to lift as it crosses I-35E. But, if you view the video you see the car (bottom center) on the access road skid when the rapidly-weakening tornado hits it. I wonder if the driver knew what hit him/her?

There has also been flooding in the Dallas Metroplex. From The Dallas Morning News

Flash floods claimed at least two lives in Texas, closed down Interstate 35 in Lewisville and led to dozens of swift-water rescues across the region. The most precarious came in Arlington, where firefighters used a lowered aerial ladder as a bridge to carry trapped residents from the Willows Apartments at Valleywood Drive and West Pioneer Parkway, where cars were covered to their roofs by the rising waters of Rush Creek.

I have been viewing a number of the Dallas TV stations live on the internet plus KSNW TV (NBC) in Wichita broadcast the Dallas tornado live during their 6pm weathercast. I marvel at how routine it is these days for tornadoes to be broadcast live.  I tell the story about the first live broadcast of a tornado (1974) and the development of color weather radar in Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather. 

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