Thursday, September 9, 2010

Texas Tornadoes....

So, yesterday, North Texas got reminded that we are in "Tornado Alley"...I was in class taking my test when the school alarms went off telling us all to evacuate to lower levels of the school. Our test coordinator told us just to keep taking our test because we were not around any widows or anything... Well, a few minutes later, one of the campus police officers came in and told us that we needed to evacuate NOW. So, they took up our tests and we were ushered downstairs to the lower level. (I was on the third floor before)We waited around for about 20 mins and they said it was safe to go back. I finished my test and went home. Today, I was emailed some photos a friend of a friend took from the old building in Downtown Dallas I used to work at... here they are:





Below is a news article from CBS News 11....

Compiled From Staff Reports
DALLAS (CBS 11 / TXA 21) ―

September 8, 2010.

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Six separate tornadoes capped off a wild day of weather in North Texas on Wednesday, as the area reeled from the remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine. Early Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed the sixth tornado. It hit Cooke County late Wednesday evening.

The first tornado touched down in the Lamar County town of Post Oak. Law enforcement authorities say the storm there destroyed one barn, damaged two others and damaged the roofs of several houses.

The second tornado touched down near the City of Ferris. Ellis County spokeswoman Diana Buckley said the twister hit around 5:30 p.m. She said it did cause some damage, but appeared to be limited to outbuildings.

One woman was hurt, Buckley said, by flying debris. The woman had taken cover from the storm underneath an Interstate-45 bridge.

The storm near Ferris careened through mobile home parks and neighborhoods, eventually ripping the roof off an apartment complex.

That tornado made its way to Seagoville, where it damaged houses and an apartment complex.

"It was just like a snap of the finger, a ripping sound," said Andrew Diggs, who saw the tornado. The twister ripped through his Seagoville apartment. He said it happened when, "I was in the process of collecting my wife's medication from the kitchen."

Digg's wife is in the hospital after complications from a stroke. He said everything else inside his home is gone, including his roof. "Everything inside the apartment is a loss."

The tornado from the Ellis County storm touched down in Heath next. Officials there say the damage caused wasn't major.

The fifth tornado formed inside Dallas, bouncing from Cockrell Hill to Oak Cliff, causing serious damage at a West Dallas warehouse before flirting with Dallas Love Field Airport and disappearing north into the sky above.

Mack Hicks, a resident in the W Hotel in Victory Park, captured the tornado on video as it literally sucked up water while ripping across the Trinity River.

Tornado sirens blared all through Dallas on Wednesday. After sneaking past Love Field, the Dallas tornado appeared to be heading north. At one point, a potential target was Presbyterian Hospital.

"Our house supervisors, along with the administrator on call, actually made the decision to implement the Code Gray, which meant we needed to take immediate action to protect our patients," said Cole Edmonson, vice president of patient care at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.

That action required getting the patients away from the windows in their rooms and into the hallways. About 464 patients had to be moved.

"Is the tornado really going to hit the hospital? That's when they said it went the other way," said John Abra, one of the patients who was moved. "It was clear, so we came back to our rooms. And when you're in pain, you're ready to come back to your room."

The Presbyterian Hospital staff has practiced Code Gray many times in the past, but this was the first time it was put into action during an actual crisis.

In West Dallas, the tornado heavily damaged a building in the 400 block of Mockingbird Lane, destroying part of one wall and the roof. An 18-wheeler was lodged under a building, which was declared unsound. Officials feared that if they removed the truck, then the building would come down with it. At least one person was injured and taken to a hospital for treatment. The National Weather Service says its preliminary damage assessment indicates the tornado was likely an EF-2 in strength, with winds around 115 MPH.

According to officials with the National Weather Service, the sixth North Texas tornado briefly touched down in Cooke County, near Gainesville.

Flying debris causes the majority of tornado-related injuries. Experts warn against hiding under bridges during tornadoes. Although they were once thought to be safe, scientists have found that a tornado's winds can actually intensify under a bridge.

If you are outside during a tornado, the best place to seek shelter is in a ditch or similar low-lying area. Avoid trees and overhead structures, because a tornado can knock these things down and cause injury. Tall structures also attract lightning.

If you're inside during a tornado, the safest place is in a windowless interior room, such as a bathroom or closet. Put as many walls as possible between yourself and the storm, experts warn.

The storm cells developed as part of a larger weather system, which caused widespread flash flooding in North Texas earlier on Wednesday. The remains of Tropical Storm Hermine dumped huge amounts of rain across the area. Many roads and buildings flooded.

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