Severe storms left major damage in Arlington Tuesday evening, caused by a tornado, according to radar data from the National Weather Service.
The NWS announced overnight that CASA and NEXRAD data suggest that the damage done in Arlington was due to a tornado. The strength of this tornado, the length and width of the path, will be determined on Wednesday by a survey team.
NBC 5 meteorologist Grant Johnston estimates that the tornado could have been an EF1, reaching winds of up to 110 mph.
The Arlington Fire Department said shortly after the storm that broke through around 9 p.m.. m. They received calls for damaged or collapsed buildings, gas leaks, failed power lines, street litter and obstructed traffic signals.
Overall, the fire department announced overnight that seven buildings had collapsed, including three residential complexes, two commercial buildings, a church and a house. Officials said 75 families were displaced by the damage and three people were hospitalized with minor injuries.
The damage assessment will continue on Wednesday by the fire department, but also by the NWS team, which will work to determine the strength and path of the tornado.
It appears that one of the hardest hit areas in East Arlington is on West Pioneer Parkway between South Cooper Street and Collins Street, where the Mirage and Waterdance Circle apartment complexes have suffered significant damage.
« And suddenly all I heard was that big wind and the windows were shaking and everything just went crazy, » said Minerva Rios. « My son came upstairs and helped me get down because I can’t walk. It was just awful. «
« I don’t know it happened that quickly. It sounded like windows were breaking, « said Wilma Morris, who was sleeping on the couch when the storm broke.
« Suddenly the ceiling just went up, » said Morris. « She lay down on me. She saved my life. The plywood, all that stuff was on us. But she lay down on me. She saved my life. «
The roof of the driveway at the Burger Box Restaurant along South Cooper crashed into two cars in line. Three people were in these cars when the roof collapsed on their cars. Firefighters helped get them out. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.
Storm damage to South Cooper in Arlington. This is burger box. People trapped in 2 vehicles when part of the passage collapsed. Firefighters saved them and they are fine. Other damage nearby. https: // t. co / YOuOMb0A2m picture. Twitter. com / g2cCTxH3oW
In addition to the burger box, a Safelite AutoGlass shop was also damaged. The video from the scene showed the shop’s garage doors blown and glass across the parking lot.
Garage doors torn apart at Safelite Auto Glass on S.. Cooper in Arlington from today’s storm. It was closed at the time. Lots of debris in the parking lot. https: // t. co / GDDcYzvUbp image. Twitter. com / wESGTTEQCD
The Arlington Fire Department reported gas leaks and power lines in several locations. Atmos and Oncor were called in for repairs.
According to the fire department, a total of three people with minor injuries were taken to local hospitals. The residents are just grateful that it wasn’t worse.
« Everything else is material. So everything else can be replaced. Your life cannot, « said Rios. « And I’m just blessed we’re fine. «
In the southern United States, tornadoes and severe storms are not uncommon in late fall and early winter.
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma said heavier thunderstorms are possible in parts of the south and the Midwest during the week.
Thanksgiving Day in North Texas is expected to be calm, with sunny skies and temperatures well into the low 70s. There are more chances of rain on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Get the latest forecast from NBC 5’s team of weather experts here.
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