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Large tornadoes, damage reported in Dallas area

The storm pushed cars into fences and toppled trees. Branches and limbs scattered across lawns and residential streets, and in one driveway, a tow-behind RV was left torn apart and crumpled.

“Obviously we're going to have a lot of assessments to make when this is done,” Dallas County spokeswoman Maria Arita said.

Dallas Police spokeswoman Sherri Jeffrey said an apparent twister also touched down and caused damage within the city's southern limits, though the extent was not immediately known.

American Airlines canceled nearly all its departures from its hub at DFW on Tuesday evening and diverted others to different airports. Spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said the airline also was pulling dozens of planes out of service to inspect them for hail damage.

DFW spokesman David Magana said there were no reports of damage to the airport itself. Magana said employees pulled passengers in the terminals away from glass windows during the storms and directed them to stairwells, stores and restaurants in the inside area of the airport.

Flights also were canceled at Dallas Love Field, which is a big base for Southwest Airlines. That airline canceled more than 45 flights in and out of the airport by Tuesday evening.


Associated Press writers Terry Wallace and David Koenig in Dallas and Betsy Blaney in Lubbock contributed to this report.

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