Volunteers Miguel Pichardo (left) and John Allen (right) help a friend search for personal belongings in a pile of wreckage in Forney, Texas on April 4, a day after several tornados touched down in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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Mountain of wreckage

Volunteers Miguel Pichardo (left) and John Allen help a friend search for personal belongings in a pile of wreckage in Forney, Texas, on April 4, a day after several late-afternoon tornadoes inflicted serious damage on several towns within the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.

 

Winds were estimated to have reached 130-150 miles per hour — enough to rip roofs off houses and toss around tractor-trailers like toy cars.

 


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David Lowe walks past heavily damaged homes while carrying his daughter's dog, Phoebe, which was rescued from underneath the rubble in Arlington, Texas on April 3.

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Phoebe's savior

David Lowe walks past heavily damaged homes carrying his daughter's dog. Phoebe was rescued on April 3 from underneath the rubble in Arlington, Texas.

 

Although there were no casualties, 200 homes were destroyed and 650 were seriously damaged by the multiple tornadoes, according to a spokeswoman for the American Red Cross.

 


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April Bridges pauses to observe the rubble while digging through the remains of a house destroyed by a tornado in Arlington, Texas on April 3.

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Pondering next steps

April Bridges pauses on April 3 to observe the rubble while digging through the remains of a house destroyed by a tornado in Arlington, Texas.

 

After preliminary on-the-ground inspection, meteorologists are estimating that the stronger twisters of the storm rank at about an EF-2 on the Fujita scale, which measures the intensity of tornadoes based on the extent of damage that is inflicted on vegetation and man-made structures.

 


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