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Rebuilding, Returning Home After the Dallas Tornadoes

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The aftermath of a tornado in the Arlighton area yesterday. The National Weather Service estimates 135 mph winds caused the damage.

With reports of as many as 12 tornadoes pummeling Dallas yesterday, officials are applauding the fact no fatalities were recorded.

Now residents are looking to rebuild after the storms, and travelers looking to return to the Metroplex.

The Insurance Council of Texas lists several steps affected parties can take, beginning with assessing the damage and recording photos or videos. Damage can take different forms, as aside being battered by high winds, Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding areas were also pelted with hail.

In a separate release, the Insurance Council “urges policyholders who have received damage to contact their insurance agents and companies as soon as possible to speed up the claim process so that major repairs can begin.”

Dallas County spokesperson Maria Arita told KUT News yesterday they were in the process of assessing damages. “We probably wouldn’t be do that until tonight or tomorrow, but what we can tell you is that we’ve had tornado touchdowns and reports of damage across the region. We’re talking about Dallas County, Tarrant County, Johnson, Rockwall, Denton, Ellis County, all these counties.”

Travel to or from DFW Airport was next to impossible yesterday; American Airlines alone canceled more than four-hundred flights, meaning more than a dozen flights were canceled in and out of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport yesterday.

There’s still several canceled flights from ABIA to DFW today. Passengers are advised to check their flight status before arriving at the airport.

You can view the National Weather Service’s preliminary report on yesterday’s storms online.  

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