Reports have surfaced that multiple public schools in Forney, Texas, may have been hit by the tornados that tore through areas south of Dallas and Forth Worth on Tuesday.
According to CBS News, students in the Forney Independent School district, which has around 7,000 students enrolled in 13 schools, were in class when the storms touched down this morning. A video posted to YouTube shows multiple storms tearing through the area.
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Consecutive posts on Twitter reported that a high school and elementary school in the area had been hit in the storm:
Sounds like tornado hit Crosby Elem in Forney, significant damage to homes. #txwx— DFW Police Scanner (@DFWscanner) April 3, 2012
Crosby Elementary School in Forney has also been hit too. The High School was hit just minutes ago.— WFAA TV (@wfaachannel8) April 3, 2012
Moments later, NBC News reporter Ray Villeda said via Twitter that he could see visible signs of destruction as he approached the elementary school. Later, he followed up with reports that the roof had been damaged, a car flipped over in the schoolyard, and that a temporary shelter had been set up at another school, Criswell Elementary:
Approaching Crosby Elementary in #Forney. Trash debris scattered all over yards. Lightning still in area.— Ray Villeda (@RayVilleda) April 3, 2012
Crosby elementary sustained some roof damage. Home around it sustained more damage. #forney— Ray Villeda (@RayVilleda) April 3, 2012
Two dozen homes, City of Forney estimates, sustained damage. @NBCDFW— Ray Villeda (@RayVilleda) April 3, 2012
Shelter set up at Criswell Elementary in Forney. @NBCDFW— Ray Villeda (@RayVilleda) April 3, 2012
Meanwhile, the Dallas-Forth Worth Police scanner posted a photo to Facebook of a baseball-sized piece of hail that had fallen from the sky:
Check out the Live Blog below for more updates on the storms:
|@ CBSDFW : Arlington's assistant fire chief says 150 homes in three different areas of the city suffered some sort of damage today. #DFWwx|
|@ RayVilleda : State Police arrived in #Forney and are in the neighborhood, surveying the damage. @NBCDFW|
|@ afgutierrez : #forney tornado ripped roof this house, similar scene across this town http://t.co/EoSFvMVh|
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.
|@ cnnbrk : #Tornadoes in Dallas-Fort Worth area damaged about 300 buildings in Lancaster, city's mayor says. http://t.co/whJYPerZ|
|@ RayVilleda : Police have gone door-to-door in Diamond Creek Subdivision in #Forney|
|@ 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|
|@ usnoaagov : Today's storms in #Dallas-Fort Worth area hit one week after the 12th anniversary of destructive #twisters http://t.co/HNyaPO5T #NOAA|
|@ TWCBreaking : Latest tornado warning for Hunt Co., TX indicates large tornado 7 miles southwest of Greenville. Tornado emergency for Greenville!|
|@ TWCBreaking : Main severe storm, tornado threat now over northeast TX to the east of Dallas/Ft. Worth. Radar, warnings: http://t.co/xffJHoBp|
Picture of four tornadoes hitting at once in DFW. twitter.com/TamaraJoleeTV/…— ★Tamara Jolee★(@TamaraJoleeTV) April 3, 2012
|@ TWCBreaking : Tornado reported near Royse City, TX at 4:05 CDT. Warning for Collin, Hunt, Rockwell Counties until 4:30 CDT.|
|@ Daniel_Novick : I'm on my way to #Forney where there are reports of heavy damage due to a possible #tornado.|
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.
|@ DFWscanner : Sounds like tornado hit Crosby Elem in Forney, significant damage to homes. #txwx|
Tornado now well northeast of Forney, TX & affecting McLendon-Chisolm, TX and Fate, TX NOW. Storm mvng to northeast @30 mph. Seek shelter!— CNN Weather Center (@CNNweather) April 3, 2012
Let's keep those impacted by today's storms in North Texas in our thoughts and prayers. Our Emergency Management... fb.me/Yre1OQs1— Betsy Price (@Betsy_Price) April 3, 2012
Cell phone service and TV just went out. It's getting really bad out there now.— robertr09 (@RRavidgolfer) April 3, 2012
MSNBC reports cell phone coverage may be out in the DFW area
The storm has passed through #DFW. We will continue to monitor radar and provide updates. Thank you for your patience.— DFW Airport (@dfwairport) April 3, 2012
At #DFW airport in womens bathroom huddled with my family and lots of people. Tornado sirens going. Surreal— Guy Raz (@nprguyraz) April 3, 2012
Tornados left and right in dallas today. They wont let us leave the gym. Be safe everybody— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) April 3, 2012
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."