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Arlington Tornado 2012: Extensive Damage Reported In Tarrant County, Dallas Area (LIVE UPDATES)

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 04/ 3/2012 4:54 pm   Updated: 04/ 4/2012 12:06 pm

One place that seems to have been hit particularly hard by today's tornadoes in Texas is the city of Arlington, which sits just west of Dallas.

At least one tornado is believed to have swept through the city, which has a population in excess of 350,000 and is home to both the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers.

Multiple reports of damage were posted to the Dallas-Fort Worth Police scanner Twitter account, including the following updates:

The Arlington Fire Department also confirmed at least one tornado had been spotted on the ground.

There were rumors of damage to the Six Flags amusement park in Arlington, but weather enthusiast Nathan Beard refuted those reports.

"UPDATE: There has been NO DAMAGE to the Six Flags in Arlington. Just heavy rain," Beard said in a Twitter update.

In response to the extensive damage caused by the tornadoes, Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck has declared a state of disaster for the city, according to CNN.

Correction: Nathan Beard's affiliation with The Weather Channel was incorrectly stated in an earlier version of this story. Despite TWC in his Twitter name, he is not an employee of The Weather Channel.

Keep up with the latest updates on the Dallas-Fort Worth area tornadoes below:

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@ CBSDFW : Arlington's assistant fire chief says 150 homes in three different areas of the city suffered some sort of damage today. #DFWwx

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@ RayVilleda : State Police arrived in #Forney and are in the neighborhood, surveying the damage. @NBCDFW

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@ afgutierrez : #forney tornado ripped roof this house, similar scene across this town http://t.co/EoSFvMVh

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Reports have surfaced that tornadoes approached schools in Forney, Texas as twisters tore through areas south of Dallas and Forth Worth on Tuesday. Click here for more.

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@ cnnbrk : #Tornadoes in Dallas-Fort Worth area damaged about 300 buildings in Lancaster, city's mayor says. http://t.co/whJYPerZ

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@ RayVilleda : Police have gone door-to-door in Diamond Creek Subdivision in #Forney

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@ RedCrossDFW : If you are looking for loved ones in #DFW area that may be affected by today's #tornaodes, search Safe & Well at http://t.co/vUgjhEB5

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@ usnoaagov : Today's storms in #Dallas-Fort Worth area hit one week after the 12th anniversary of destructive #twisters http://t.co/HNyaPO5T #NOAA

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@ TWCBreaking : Latest tornado warning for Hunt Co., TX indicates large tornado 7 miles southwest of Greenville. Tornado emergency for Greenville!

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@ TWCBreaking : Main severe storm, tornado threat now over northeast TX to the east of Dallas/Ft. Worth. Radar, warnings: http://t.co/xffJHoBp

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@ TWCBreaking : Tornado reported near Royse City, TX at 4:05 CDT. Warning for Collin, Hunt, Rockwell Counties until 4:30 CDT.

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@ wfaachannel8 : Tornado damage in Arlington neighborhood http://t.co/OaK260HB

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@ Daniel_Novick : I'm on my way to #Forney where there are reports of heavy damage due to a possible #tornado.

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HuffPost's Craig Kanalley writes:

One place that seems to have been hit particularly hard by today's tornadoes in Texas is the city of Arlington, which sits just west of Dallas.

Multiple reports of damage were posted to the Dallas-Fort Worth Police scanner Twitter account.

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@ DFWscanner : Sounds like tornado hit Crosby Elem in Forney, significant damage to homes. #txwx

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MSNBC reports cell phone coverage may be out in the DFW area

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National Weather Service offers more advice for protecting from Texas tornadoes, writing: "MOVE TO AN INTERIOR BATHROOM...CLOSET...OR HALLWAY ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR BUILDING. COVER YOURSELF WITH BLANKETS...PILLOWS...OR A MATTRESS FOR PROTECTION."

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@ CNNweather : CANCELLED #TORNADO Warning in Collin Co. in TX. #TXWX

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