The storms have moved on, but chaos is hanging around for another day: According to Oncor, some 4,000 people are still without power across the 'plex. NBCDFW reports that about 300 homes were damaged or destroyed in Lancaster, while an AP report from this morning says there were another 650 in Arlington; there aren't solid numbers yet from Forney or Kennedale, where damage was also reported.
Fox 4 reports that one of the Arlington buildings damaged was Green Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where part of a wing was clipped off. About 130 residents had to be moved into an interior part of the building. And at DFW Airport, about 500 flights remain grounded.
The Salvation Army sent out two "mobile emergency disaster kitchens" to Arlington yesterday, where they also set up a shelter at the community center, 712 W. Abram St. The American Red Cross reports two shelters open: Lancaster Recreation Center, at 1700 S. Veteran's Parkway in Lancaster, and Tommie Allen Shelter, at 7071 Bonnie View Road in Dallas.
WFAA reports that the National Weather Service sent out three teams this morning to assess the storm damage. There are no fatalities reported and about 15 injuries, mainly in Arlington and Forney. A Facebook page has been set up for lost and found pets.
The bulk of the Observer staff had a lengthy, impromptu bonding session in the stairwell. Those of us working from home got to sit in the hallway and quietly freak out. Our sympathies to everyone who lost their homes or property.
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