Massive Tornadoes Tear Through Dallas Area

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Several tornadoes tore through the Dallas-Forth Worth area this afternoon, tossing trucks hundreds of feet in the sky and flattening homes.   

WFFA-TV in Dallas has live video coverage

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The footage shows trucks being overturned, roofs collapsing, power outages and trees being stripped of their bark.

The National Weather Service says the tornado caused “considerable damage” near the towns of Cleburne, south of Fort Worth, and Lancaster, south of Dallas.  

The mayor has declared a state of disaster in Arlington, WFFA reports.   

Injuries are reported in the city of Kennedale, according to CNN

A spokeswoman for Arlington Independent School District, between Dallas and Fort Worth, told the AP that students in all schools were taking shelter. 

A tornado watch is in effect for 33 counties in north-central and northeastern Texas until 8 p.m. CDT, the National Weather Service reported.

The weather service provides instructions for staying safe:

MOVE TO AN INTERIOR BATHROOM…CLOSET…OR HALLWAY ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR BUILDING. COVER YOURSELF WITH BLANKETS…PILLOWS…OR A MATTRESS FOR PROTECTION. A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM CDT TUESDAY EVENING FOR EASTERN TEXAS.

This is a developing story. We’ll update you with more information as it becomes available.

18-year-old Marisa Perez tweeted this picture from the highway in Redoak, Texas

This weather map shows the tornado's intensity

Images on Chopper 5 show semi trucks and other debris being tossed into the air in Dallas County

Tornado over Texas Stadium tweeted by @TonySiragusa

Tornado flips 18-wheelers into the air in Dallas, Texas

Damage in Lancaster, TX

Thunderstorms in Johnson County

Tornado sucks up truck trailers

Sparks can be seen in the distance as powerlines are uprooted

Tornadoes ripped through the Midwest last month..

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