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National Weather Service: Tornado in Arlington a possible EF2

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published April 4, 2012 at 8:45 a.m. Updated April 4, 2012 at 11:13 a.m.


Homes in Lancaster, Texas lay destroyed by a tornado on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Tornadoes tore through the Dallas area Tuesday, peeling roofs off homes, tossing big-rig trucks into the air and leaving flattened tractor trailers strewn along highways and parking lots. MAGS OUT

Texas tornadoes

Several tornadoes ripped through the Dallas-Fort Worth area on April 4, 2012, damaging homes and bus...

— Officials have not finished measuring the strength of the tornadoes that hit Texas, but there are signs that one twister exceeded 110 mph.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jesse Moore said teams in Arlington are seeing damage that suggests an EF2 twister struck there. EF2 tornadoes are classified as having wind gusts between 111 and 135 mph.

In Arlington, a tornado barreled into a nursing home and terrified patients. An entire wing of the Green Oaks home crumbled.

Moore said the weather service has teams surveying damage throughout the area.

As many as a dozen twisters touched down across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Thousands remained without power Wednesday and hundreds of homes were severely damaged. The Red Cross has estimated that about 650 homes in North Texas were damaged, with some structures a total loss.

Officials reported more than 20 injuries, but no deaths.

The exact number of tornadoes won't be known until surveyors have fanned across North Texas, looking for clues among the debris that blanketed yards and rooftops peeled off slats.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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