Tornadoes rake Dallas area, more than a dozen hurt

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on April 3, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 3 at 8:39 PM

DALLAS - Tornadoes and violent storms raked through the Dallas area Tuesday, crumbling the wing of a nursing home, peeling roofs from dozens of homes and spiraling big-rig trailers into the air like footballs. More than a dozen injuries were reported.

Amazingly, there have been no fatalities reported. But 10 people were injured in Lancaster, just south of Dallas. Two of the injuries were severe. Three people in Arlington were injured.

The National Weather Service says it appears that six to 12 tornadoes touched down in North Texas.

Local television footage showed a large funnel cloud on the ground near Interstate 35 south of Dallas. The weather service says the "large and extremely dangerous" tornado was near Lancaster about 20 miles south of Dallas and moving north.

Overturned cars left streets unnavigable and flattened trucks clogged highway shoulders.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport canceled hundreds of flights and diverted others heading its way. An airport spokesman said more than 110 planes were damaged by hail.

April is the peak of the tornado season that runs from March until June.

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