Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tropical Twisters Strike Dallas Area

The above image, captured by a viewer and passed on to WFAA-TV in Dallas, shows a tornado crossing the Trinity River in Dallas yesterday evening. 

This was just one of several brief touchdowns associated with the remnants of Hermine as it crossed northcentral Texas yesterday.

Tornadoes associated with tropical systems are typically weak and short lived, however just like everything else, those are relative terms.  If a weak, short lived tornado touches down in a field in a rural area, no harm done.  If, however, that same tornado touches down one or more times in a heavily populated area, the result is what happened in Dallas yesterday:

Fortunately, no serious injuries or deaths were reported.  This is remarkable, particularly in that most of the activity took place between 5 and 6:30 pm, right during the middle of the evening rush hour!

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