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In late October, a tornado ripped through North Texas includinga miles-long trail of heavy damage from northwest Dallas to Richardson into Highland Park Texas. The damage from this Highland Park Texas tornado ripped through the DART line at Forest across 75 throughout Hillcrest, Royal, Preston then bulldozing through St. Marks school, the Tollway and close to Love Field airport.
It showed up with just a few minutes warning and left so much damage in its wake.
The Highland Park Texas Tornado
These tornadoes tore through the area, ripping off roofs, leveling homes and left thousands without power for multiple days.
Unbelievably, no one was killed or badly hurt. And even during the rescue of watching residents escape from their homes with nothing more than a spouse, dog or bag in their hand, stepping over power lines and puddles, not one person was injured. Thank goodness!!
With that being said . .
The city and its residents suffered some significant property damage.
In some areas of Highland Park and Dallas, homes and other buildings were devastated. Countless trees were destroyed, and thousands of people were without power throughout the week after the tornado hit. According to Oncor, 99,000 customers were without power.
National Weather Service crews were busy tracing the path of the strongest tornado, which cut a nearly 16-mile path from northwest Dallas into Richardson with winds of up to 140 mph.
- Walnut Hill Road
- Preston Hollow
- Preston Road
- Hillcrest Road
- Central Expressway
- Forest Ave
Was it a State of Disaster?
The Governor, Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in 15 North Texas counties, including Dallas, Collin and Tarrant counties.
What other problems arose?
How can you prepare for a future tornado?
Its hard to know when a tornado will strike – they used to be a Spring occurrence and in recent years have shown up in the Falls and even December.
If you could make a plan, do these 3 things:
- Make sure you have good home insurance coverage and your deductible is set at the right amount
- Make a plan with the family – know where you will go (aim for an interior closet).
- Have supplies like fresh water, dog food, cat food and portable batteries to help you throughout a few rough days
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