PHOTOS: Tornadoes slam Dallas-Fort Worth area

On April 3, a series of destructive tornadoes touched down in Dallas and Tarrant counties in Texas, causing destruction to neighborhoods and leaving many families in need. Check out these photos of the aftermath -- and how World Vision is responding from our domestic disaster response hub in North Texas, which is strategically located to deploy quickly into disaster areas across the country. (Photos by Mindy Mizell.)

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Here is what

Here is what's left of a house in Lancaster, Texas, following the destructive tornadoes that ripped through the area on April 3.

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Rodney Else, 46, watched as a tornado approached his apartment in Lancaster before he jumped into his bathtub for safety. He said he almost forgot to seek shelter because he was trying to record images of the tornado on his phone to show his friends and family. "I

Rodney Else, 46, watched as a tornado approached his apartment in Lancaster before he jumped into his bathtub for safety. He said he almost forgot to seek shelter because he was trying to record images of the tornado on his phone to show his friends and family. "I'd never seen anything like it! It was so big and just a lot of wind. God is good." His apartment was unharmed but his neighbors lost their roof.

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Diane Wilmore, 58, returned to her Dallas home to find two 18-wheelers in her backyard and living room. Diane and her husband have lived in the Dallas home for 14 years. She says they are having to pay to stay in a hotel but have nothing to wear since their clothes were covered in fiber glass.

Diane Wilmore, 58, returned to her Dallas home to find two 18-wheelers in her backyard and living room. Diane and her husband have lived in the Dallas home for 14 years. She says they are having to pay to stay in a hotel but have nothing to wear since their clothes were covered in fiber glass.

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A child

A child's book is all that is found inside Diane's foyer area amidst debris.

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This 26-year-old Lancaster mother hid under a bridge with her 1-year-old to escape a tornado that hit two doors down from her home. She moved from Oklahoma and said she thought she was moving away from tornado-prone areas. "I didn

This 26-year-old Lancaster mother hid under a bridge with her 1-year-old to escape a tornado that hit two doors down from her home. She moved from Oklahoma and said she thought she was moving away from tornado-prone areas. "I didn't think I'd ever be this close!" said Sena Box. "We could see the winds swirling."

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World Vision volunteers are writing notes for each emergency food kit to encourage tornado survivors and remind them they are being kept in prayer.

World Vision volunteers are writing notes for each emergency food kit to encourage tornado survivors and remind them they are being kept in prayer.

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World Vision is giving hundreds of food kits to churches in hard-hit tornado areas to help survivors.

World Vision is giving hundreds of food kits to churches in hard-hit tornado areas to help survivors.

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A World Vision volunteer helps stuff emergency food kit bags with nine different non-perishable food items to be given to tornado survivors in the Dallas area.

A World Vision volunteer helps stuff emergency food kit bags with nine different non-perishable food items to be given to tornado survivors in the Dallas area.

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World Vision volunteers load boxes with the emergency food kits to be distributed to tornado survivors.

World Vision volunteers load boxes with the emergency food kits to be distributed to tornado survivors.


Make a one-time donation today to World Vision's U.S. Disaster Response Fund. Your gift will help us respond quickly with critical assistance in the aftermath of disasters that occur right here in the United States, like the recent tornadoes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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