One of the warnings issued for Eastern Dallas County in North Central Texas by the National Weather Service stated that "meteorologists confirmed a large and dangerous tornado near Hutchins. This is a dangerous situation ... seek shelter now!! This is a tornado emergency for Dallas and Hutchins!"
They offered instructions to accompany the warning, suggesting that people move underground or to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. People in a mobile home or vehicle should move to the nearest shelter and protect themselves from flying debris. For a full list of warnings for all regions, visit the NWS website.
The Associated Press reported on the Texas tornadoes, writing that two large twisters were confirmed in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with a tornado near Cleburne causing "considerable damage":
In Lancaster, south of Dallas, local television footage showed homes without roofs while other buildings were flattened. Plywood was strewn on the grass and on top of buildings. Residents could be seen walking down the street with firefighters and peering into homes, looking at the damage after the storm passed.
The storm pushed cars into fences and toppled trees. Branches and limbs were scattered across lawns and in the streets. A tow-behind RV was torn apart and crumpled in a driveway where part of a roof of the home was torn off.
"Obviously we're going to have a lot of assessments to make when this is done," Dallas County spokeswoman Maria Arita told The Associated Press.
Dallas Police spokeswoman Sherri Jeffrey said an apparent twister also touched down and caused damage within the city's southern limits, though the extent was not immediately known.
DFW Airport spokesman David Magana told WFAA-TV that airport employees pulled passengers away from glass windows and into inside areas of the airport as the storms moved through.
View photos below, and scroll down for updates from Tuesday's storms:
04/03/2012 7:48 PM EDT
150 Homes Possibly Damaged In Arlington
@ CBSDFW :
Arlington's assistant fire chief says 150 homes in three different areas of the city suffered some sort of damage today. #DFWwx
04/03/2012 7:30 PM EDT
State Police Survey Forney Damage
@ RayVilleda :
State Police arrived in #Forney and are in the neighborhood, surveying the damage. @NBCDFW
04/03/2012 6:34 PM EDT
Roof Ripped Off Forney, TX Home
@ afgutierrez :
#forney tornado ripped roof this house, similar scene across this town http://t.co/EoSFvMVh
04/03/2012 6:33 PM EDT
Tornadoes Sweep Near Schools
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.
04/03/2012 6:26 PM EDT
Nearly 300 Buildings Damaged In Lancaster
@ cnnbrk :
#Tornadoes in Dallas-Fort Worth area damaged about 300 buildings in Lancaster, city's mayor says. http://t.co/whJYPerZ
04/03/2012 6:18 PM EDT
Police Reportedly Go Door-To-Door In Forney
@ RayVilleda :
Police have gone door-to-door in Diamond Creek Subdivision in #Forney
04/03/2012 6:01 PM EDT
Image Of Storm Damage From Forney, Texas
04/03/2012 5:53 PM EDT
How To Search For Loved Ones In Texas
@ 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
04/03/2012 5:40 PM EDT
NOAA Notes Today's Twisters Come Just Over 12 Years After Other Destructive Tornadoes
@ usnoaagov :
Today's storms in #Dallas-Fort Worth area hit one week after the 12th anniversary of destructive #twisters http://t.co/HNyaPO5T #NOAA
04/03/2012 5:36 PM EDT
New Tornado Warning For Greenville
@ TWCBreaking :
Latest tornado warning for Hunt Co., TX indicates large tornado 7 miles southwest of Greenville. Tornado emergency for Greenville!