Incredible Storm Wreaks Havoc on Dallas, Kills One

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The Dallas skyline was uncharacteristically dark Sunday night after a massive storm left almost 300,000 without power (Photo courtesy Frank Stokes).

After a week of storms flittering through, it didn’t seem like Sunday’s would be any different — until it was. Winds up to 71 miles per hour were clocked at Love Field, almost 300,000 were left without power, and a tragic crane collapse killed one and injured six more.

If you’ve never seen the Dallas city skyline go dark, you could’ve last night. 

At press time, it wasn’t clear what kind of meteorological phenomenon had hit Dallas — we had at least two people tell us they believed they saw a tornado. The National Weather Service’s Fort Worth bureau said Sunday it would be a while before it was clear what happened.

“Higher elevation wind speeds, such as those impacting the toppled construction crane and some mid-rise or high-rise buildings, likely reached, or possibly exceeded 80-85 mph,” the NWS said. “However, it is difficult to pinpoint these wind maximum at this time.”

In a scene played out across Dallas, a tree at a home on Timberview between Cromwell and Webb Chapel toppled during Sunday’s storms (Photo courtesy Frank Stokes).

But just after Dallasites emerged from their homes after the quick but devastating storm, they just as quickly began helping each other. In neighborhood after neighborhood, neighbors helped each other clear trees from roads and yards, assess damage, check on each other, and round up lost pets.

But perhaps the most devastating turn of events was the collapse of a crane at the Elan in Deep Ellum that injured six and killed one.

Many caught the winds wreaking havoc downtown and shared their images and videos to social media.

And downtown wasn’t the only area to sustain damage, either.

We’ll have more on this story as updates are available.

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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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