Texas Storms Update: Mayor Says Lack of Fatalities a "Blessing"

By: From the AP
By: From the AP

 GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin-based Schneider National Inc. says it has reopened its operating center near Dallas, one day after a tornado swept through the area and caused "massive damage."

 
   Schneider spokeswoman Erin Elliott says the center reopened Wednesday. She says the facility is up and running, and that operations were slowed but returning to normal. No injuries were reported.
 
   The tornado picked up several of the Green Bay trucking company's trailers and sent them sailing through the air. Many semis were tipped over or left strewn along highways and parking lots. Elliott says there was "massive damage."
 
   Elliott says about 100 pieces of equipment sustained some level of destruction. She didn't have an estimated dollar figure for damage.
 
   The National Weather Service said as many as a dozen twisters touched down.
 

FORNEY, Texas (AP) -- The mayor of Forney, Texas, says it's "a real blessing" that nobody was killed in the community by the tornadoes that ripped through parts of the Dallas area yesterday.

One woman who grabbed the three young children in her home and hid in the bathtub says amid the rumbling from the tornado, she didn't even hear the house fall. Sherry Enochs was found holding her grandson in the bathtub, which had blown to where the garage once was. She and the children are OK. Enochs says she doesn't have a clear memory of exactly how things happened.

Of the more than 20 people injured by the twisters, only a few were seriously hurt.

A weather service meteorologist says crews in Forney, east of Dallas, saw damage suggesting that a twister there had wind speeds as high as 165 miles an hour. Other tornadoes in Arlington and Lancaster appeared to be weaker, with wind speeds up to 135 miles an hour.


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