Dallas Countys first tornado in a year destroys Mesquite home, damages others – Dallas News

Dallas County\s first tornado in a year destroys Mesquite home, damages others - Dallas News

NWS confirms EF-0 tornado hit Mesquite

The EF-0 twister, packing winds of 75 to 85 mph, wreaked havoc when it touched down around 7:30 a.m. Saturday on Allen Drive just east of Interstate 635 and north of Bruton Road. 

“About 7:55, we heard the rain, couple of minutes later we heard hail. And the next thing I heard was like a big boom,” Thomas told KTVT-TV (Channel 11). “Sounded like a bomb went off. All the windows in the back of the house busted.”

A severe thunderstorm warning had been issued for the area and other parts of North Texas as it moved through the early morning hours and waking up residents. The tornado is said to have hit the area of Allen Drive at Cedar Crest and tracked east over I-635 and south Belt Line Road before lifting in the area of Wilkinson and Paza.

Storms cause damage in North Texas, and more severe weather is expected soon

The tornado, after touching down near Thomas neighborhood, then moved in a mostly straight line across the city. 

“About 7:55, we heard the rain, couple of minutes later we heard hail. And the next thing I heard was like a big boom. Sounded like a bomb went off. All the windows in the back of the house busted,” said Thomas.

Its the first recorded tornado in Dallas County since February 2018, according to the weather service.

Storms that started in the morning around Parker County quickly moved east at around 60 mph, KXAS-TV (Channel 5) reported. Most of the area was hit by strong storms and hail, which reached golf-ball size in some places.

The rain might not be going away anytime soon. As cooler temperatures return starting Sunday, the chances for rain remain high through mid-week.

MESQUITE, Texas – The National Weather Service confirms the damage done to several homes in Mesquite Saturday morning was caused by an EF-0 tornado.

The National Weather Service reported winds between 75-85 mph, and many Mesquite residents are now cleaning up the damage left behind.

It appeared most of the homes in the neighborhood had suffered some sort of damage due to the severe storms. City officials said there were no reports of injuries.

“I heard it get louder,” said Derrian Forge, whose home was damaged in the storm. “Next thing you know, I heard my mom and my mom's boyfriend come in the room and said, ‘Derrian. Get down, get down, get down.’”

The damage is especially difficult for Thomas as her son is usually away from home for college. However, he was visiting this weekend for Spring Break.

But instead of enjoying his break, he woke up to a storm destroying his family’s home on Allen Dr.

Sunday services at Emmanuel Pentecostal Church had to be canceled at its sanctuary due to the extensive damage.

”The roof was leaking,” Forge said. “My mom said go to the garage and get a bucket. Opened the door, the garage is gone, completely gone.

Down the street, Genevieve Freeman-Massa had her home destroyed by the storm. She and her family had just moved back home after spending months in a hotel because of foundation issues.

“I was afraid of dying because where my bed was,” Freeman-Massa said. “The windows shattered over our bed.”

Her home has roof damage, shattered windows, and trees down. Her family was told they can't go inside the home for safely reasons.

“I really don't know what to say, I really don't know. It's devastating,” she added.

Nearby, part of the roof blew off Emmanuel Pentocostal Church, and reports from police say some metal from the roof ended up on I-635.

Near Kim Ln. and Jessica Ln., stop signs were blown down, roofs ripped off, fences were knocked down, and windows shattered.

“And you can see how far the glass came,” said Chaney Clemnds, whose home was damaged by the storms. “The clap of thunder was loud enough to shake the entire house. It shook the house and that's when I heard the glass crashing and you could hear it from that back bedroom. It was really loud.”


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