After a lull in the action, tornado season is back with a vengeance. Texas took the hit yesterday, with the Dallas-Fort worth area taking most of the damage. Between six and thirteen tornadoes touched down in the area on Tuesday. Miraculously no one was killed though there were about a dozen injuries reported. That is in start contrast to the twisters that hit earlier this year.
Over 100 aircraft at Dallas-Fort Worth International airport sustained damage in the storm. Over 400 departing flights had to be cancelled and over 30 incoming flights had to be diverted. The Dallas-Fort Worth airport is one of the busiest in the world.
Cleanup had already begun by Tuesday evening. Over 47,000 homes and businesses were without power. Tornadoes were confirmed in Royce City and Silver Springs. About 300 buildings were damaged in Lancaster. The damage was great enough that a city wide curfew was put into effect and a shelter was opened. Around 40 homes in Arlington sustained damage. Cowboys Stadium survived without a scratch. The tornadoes were believed to be in the EF1 to EF2 range, which is at the lower end of the scale.
April is the busiest month of tornado season. The season typically runs from March until June. During this period the last remaining cold air masses from the north mix with the warm moist air coming up from the south and create explosive storms. Weather experts have predicted that we will have a busier than normal season much as we did last year.
When the weather turns bad it is a good idea to keep an ear tuned to weather alerts. Tornadoes can strike swiftly and suddenly. When you under the threat of a tornado warning you should go to an interior room within your home. It is important to stay away from doors and windows. The bathtub is a good place to seek shelter. You can get in the tub and cover up with blankets or a mattress and be fairly well defended from debris if the integrity of the home is comprised by the tornado.