DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Many people across North Texas are cleaning up after storms that battered the area on Thursday afternoon and evening. Most of DFW took a pounding, from either strong winds, heavy rain or even a possible tornado. Some of the most serious damage was seen in west Dallas.
Trees were toppled. Cars were crushed. Old buildings collapsed. Downed power lines sparked fires. Creeks turned into raging rivers. Wind gusts topped 70 mph.
Jose Cantu and his family heard cracking sounds coming from the ceiling and walls of their home. Everything remained standing, but water kept seeping through even hours after the storm had passed. "We were inside," Cantu recalled. "It felt like it was lifting us. It felt like you were getting lifted, like an elevator kind of feeling. That's when we heard the cracking."
The National Weather Service will spend Friday trying to determine if it was, in fact, a tornado that ripped through Dallas County.
About two dozen students and parents sought shelter in the band room of Lake Highlands Junior High School, where band directors calmly kept everybody in practice areas for about 15 minutes, until the worst of the storm was over.
New Beginnings Covenant Ministries is deeply saddened to see so much damage to their buildings. The congregation has been through all of this before. Just three years ago, the church spent more than $15,000 repairing damage from another tornado. And, just like last time, they expect to rebuild.
"All of our computers and our sound equipment, carpet, from the ceiling that's fallen in," said church member Arlene Gillespie, looking over the Dallas church's damage.
"We rebuilt the building," said Pastor Vincent Young, "and we're going to do it again.