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North Texas Tornado Outbreak

The Dallas area was hit with 13 tornado touchdowns Tuesday afternoon, right as the school day was ending. Lori had already picked up Evan and made it to Erin’s school. Rather than picking up Erin, they went in and hunkered down while an EF3 tornado formed directly over the school (the one that hammered Forney a few minutes later).

Nathan’s school was also on lock down, and Phil huddled in “the vault” at CAM Center with the CAM staff. By God’s grace, no one in Dallas lost their life.

Some photo highlights of the day…

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looking southwest from CAM Center. Tornado traveling north-northeast.

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The world is about to end, but we still have to have our Mesquite Bar B.Q. advertisement!!

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A "hook echo" directly over CAM Center.

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CAM staff huddle in "the vault"

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At 12:44pm, Phil was at the SpeeDee oil change getting an oil change for Lori's van. 2 hours later the building was destroyed.

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SpeeDee Oil Change, Galloway Avenue, Mesquite

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SpeeDee Oil Change, Galloway Avenue, Mesquite

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Forney, TX is adjacent to Mesquite, just to the east. The Buhler family, good friends of ours, live a half mile from this house and dozens of others that were destroyed by an EF3 tornado. This is the tornado that formed directly over Terry Middle School in Mesquite (Erin's school, which was mentioned by name on the news). It touched down just a few minutes later and only a couple of miles to the east. This all happened right at the end of the school day, creating chaos for both students trying to leave their buildings, and parents trying to pick them up. Lori and Evan made it in to Erin's school in time to hunker down while the storm passed.

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While this house is largely unscathed, a piece of flying debris ended up impaled in its roof.

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