POSTED: Monday, April 11, 2011 - 5:41pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 11, 2011 - 5:42pm
DALLAS, Texas (AP) — Officials have confirmed that three tornadoes and a storm packing severe straight-line winds were responsible for widespread major damage around North Texas. The American Red Cross says the storms early Monday destroyed or heavily damaged 15 homes.
A National Weather Service storm survey team has confirmed that tornadoes struck rural areas south and east of Dallas and Fort Worth. Tornadoes struck at 1:11 a.m. Monday just west of Alvarado, 23 miles south of Fort Worth, and northwest of nearby Rio Vista, 30 miles south of Fort Worth. Another tornado struck Forney, 18 miles of Dallas, at 2:12 a.m. They were assessed an EF-1 on the enhanced Fujita scale, meaning cyclonic winds of 86 to 110 mph.
Also, straight-line winds of 80 mph hit Waxahachie about 1:44 a.m.