Incredible Footage: Texas Twister Tears Through Trucks
Amazing footage from the Dallas area shows powerful tornado throwing entire tractor trailers through the air as if they were toys.
A violent tornado outbreak raced through the Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas area Tuesday leaving behind a trail of destruction in the latest example of dangerous weather across the nation's heartland this spring.
Dramatic video captured much of the destruction as it occurred. In one almost surreal video, footage shows full-size tractor trailer rigs being swept off the ground and tossed dozens, if not hundreds of feet, into the air as if they were no more than toys.
The trucks are owned by Schneider National, one of the nation's largest trucking firms, with headquarters near Green Bay, Wisconsin. The company's facility that was struck by the dangerous storm was one of its larger facilities in the area. The tornado left behind massive damage to the vehicles in the facility's lot.
The local CBS affiliate in the Dallas area reported that severe damage was widesread. "Baseball-size hail punched holes through car roofs," the station reported. Mayors in the area, reacting to the storms, declared states of disaster.
In response to the storms, the administration of Texas Governor Rick Perry activated the Texas State Operations Center "putting state resources on standby for rapid deployment."
As the storms continued to rage across the northeastern sections of the state while moving towards Louisiana, Governor Perry urged residents to watch closely for warnings from meteorologists.
"These devastating tornadoes show how quickly Mother Nature can strike in our state, and underscore the importance of heeding warnings and instructions from local officials, and always being prepared to act in cases of emergency. I urge everyone in affected areas to stay off the roads as much as possible, and allow emergency workers and first responders to do their jobs quickly and safely. I have been in close communication with Chief Kidd, and our state emergency response teams are activated and stand ready to assist local areas in need of support," Gov. Perry said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all who have been affected by the destructive tornadoes and storms that impacted the Dallas-Fort Worth area this afternoon."
Throughout the evening, the National Weather Service continued to issue tornado warnings for locations in northeastern Texas.
In one warning, issued at 7:33 p.m., NWS meteorologists warned that they were watching "a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing quarter size hail...and destructive winds in excess of 65 MPH."
"This storm as a history of producing widespread wind damage across northeast Texas. This is an extremely dangerous situation," the NWS warned.