Dallas, Texas, May 26, 1976
The tornado touched down on top of a little church at Merrill and Midway and headed east. It lifted off of the ground and dangled over some very expensive homes, including Ross Perot’s property. It touched down again on Lobello a few meters east of Inwood, and followed Lobello to Netherlands. From there it crossed an open field that is now high-dollar homes and hopped over the North Dallas Tollway. It went through the parking lot of the apartments, ripping up the carport, between the Tollway and Preston Royal Shopping Center. It ripped off the outer wall of Royal Bank (name might be wrong) and crossed over Preston Road. It tried to lift the roof off of the cinder block structure that was a Conoco gas station, then exited the shopping center at the southeast entrance (Mum Place and Camelia Drive). It took a left turn on Orchid (winds tore up the fence and nets of the tennis courts at St. Mark’s School), then a right on Tibbs, then a left on Pemberton, then a right on Edgemere, then a left on Northport (yes, it was following the roads…tearing up trees and power lines, but minimal home damage). It lifted again while on Northport. I heard that it dangled in the air as it traveled east and touched down again briefly in the Mesquite area, but can’t verify that. I watched it from the corner of Glendora and Edgemere.