ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – The National Meteorological Service confirmed on Wednesday that it was hit by a tornado in Arlington, Texas on Tuesday night, November 24th.
Three people were transported to the hospital with minor injuries and dozens of families had to be abandoned.
Severe storms swept through North Texas Tuesday night, triggering severe county alerts in several counties.
♦♦♦ GALLERY: Gallery: Tornado Damage Arlington Texas ♦♦♦
The Chopper was on site 11 Wednesday morning to assess the damage. The National Meteorological Service is also expected to watch it in the late morning.
The area near Arlington’s Pioneer Parkway and Collins has suffered a lot of damage. The Burger Box in Arlington suffered severe damage. There were also many power lines and trees downstairs in the area.
The damage is located in the Waterdance Apartments, not far from Burger Box. A portion of the top of the structure was blown off one of the buildings and crashed into the one next to it.
Doors and windows on many units of the complex have been damaged or destroyed.
Many residents said they were surprised by the storm. “It ended in every 30 seconds,” one resident said. – It was quick. I just pulled it up, ”said another.
The Arlington Fire Department said at least 75 families in at least three housing estates there had to be relocated by Wednesday morning.
Dallas, Tarrant, and Denton counties had tornado warnings in place for a time, and storm sirens were in operation in several of the counties affected.
Damage also occurred in the 2,500 block on S. Cooper Street, where at least one building partially collapsed on a speaker.
Patrick Harris was in the truck at the time and ordered a hamburger in the Burger Box. “At first it just rained and then all of a sudden it just hit,” Harris said. He got out unscathed. “I climbed out of the passenger’s side and came back here to the parking lot,” Harris said.
The Safelite AutoGlass repair in Arlington caused serious damage. Chopper 11 revealed that the building had been torn off the roof.
The American Red Cross DFW said it is providing emergency accommodation and food to help people affected by severe weather. “Overnight, Red Cross volunteers began working with housing management and city officials to identify and assist those involved,” Red Cross officials said in an email to CBS 11.
Here is a video of a North Arlington apartment with wind, rain and sirens.
The Arlington Fire Department tweeted shortly before 10pm that the crew was responding to multiple locations from the collapsed buildings.
The Arlington Fire Department and @ArlingtonPD they responded to several Arlington sites with reports of collapsed buildings. Our units are currently assessing structures, classifying potential patients, and moving to other notified locations. We will keep you informed of developments. pic.twitter.com/mX0r9VnHAY
– Arlington Fire Department (@ArlingtonTxFire) November 25, 2020
The National Meteorological Service has also reported “significant damage” to at least four structures near SH 360 and near Park Row.
At 8:55 p.m., the National Meteorological Service reported that the Krumi Fire Department measured a 65 mph wind gust near the intersection of Main Road 380 and 156.
There was strong winds and heavy rain in much of the area.
CBS 11 JD Miles tweeted a video about the melody of wind and storm sirens.
– JD Miles (@ jdmiles11) November 25, 2020
The storms were traveling at speeds of up to 50 mph from northwest to southeast and were expected to leave the area at 22:00.
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