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Tornadoes spotted in downtown Dallas, near DFW Airport

(RNN) – Tornadoes have been reported in Dallas County and other nearby counties in northeast Texas on Tuesday.

A tornado passed near the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, according to CNN, while a second was sighted on the ground in downtown Dallas. Schools in the area were secured for safety.

Airport officials have been replying to people seeking information via their Twitter account, @dfwairport. They reported no damage from the storms and that all passengers had gotten off planes safely.

"If you are inside one of our terminals, please seek shelter in one of the designated storm areas," a DFW official tweeted earlier. 

CNN showed video of 18-wheelers being lifted off the ground and thrown through the air by an apparent tornado in Dallas County. Storm spotters and radar showed more than one south of Dallas and Fort Worth, according to the Associated Press.

WFAA reported at 1:54 p.m. CDT that no injuries had been reported at that time, although there was extensive damage. All traffic from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport has been stopped.

The AP also reported the tornado south of Fort Worth caused "considerable damage" near Cleburne, and Dallas police reported visual confirmation from the southern part of the city. Police spokeswoman Sherri Jeffrey told AP twisters have caused damage within the city limits.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for eastern Hunt County, southwestern Delta County and West Central Hopkins County. A tornado warning also is in effect until 3 p.m. for southwestern Collin County, northwestern Dallas County, southeastern Denton County and northeastern Tarrant County in north-central Texas.

The NWS reported at 1:47 p.m. that storm spotters and Doppler radar observed a tornado located three miles northeast of Pantego moving northeast at 25 mph. The Euless and Irving areas were in the direct path.

Around the same time, meteorologists confirmed a "large and dangerous tornado" near Hutchins moving northwest at 30 mph and urged everyone to take shelter. Other areas in the warning area included Balch Springs, Mesquite, Sunnyvale, Buckingham, Garland, Sachse, Rowlett and Richardson, according to the NWS.

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