DALLAS — At least six people were killed and 100 injured when tornadoes ripped through north-central Texas after dark and authorities said the death toll could rise as rescuers search through the rubble of destroyed homes.
At least three twisters were confirmed to have struck last night, the deadliest tornadoes to hit the United States so far this year, destroying homes and uprooting trees.
The worst damage was reported in Granbury, a town of 8,000 people about 35 miles southwest of Dallas-Fort Worth.
Granbury Mayor Pro Tem Nin Hulett told ABC News on Thursday that the top priority “is to try to get the people that are out there in the community under a shelter somewhere” and to account for the missing.
Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds said 14 people remained unaccounted for, as rescue workers searched houses.
“I’ve had information that people were found in homes, they were hard hit, those homes. I’ve been told (they) were collapsed, destroyed as they were probably hit by flying debris,” Deeds told CNN.
Hulett said authorities did expect to find people trapped in their homes.
All six of the people confirmed killed were found in Rancho Brazos, a neighbourhood of around 110 mostly single family homes on the fringe of Granbury that bore the brunt of the winds, Deeds said.
“Power lines were down, homes were heavily damaged to destroyed and the roads were blocked with debris,” Deeds said.
Bulldozers were clearing roads so people could be moved out of their houses.
Matt Zavadsky, a spokesman for MedStar Mobile Healthcare, an agency that provides ambulance service to the region, said about 100 people were injured in the Granbury twister.
There was no immediate estimate for the extent of property damage, but Sheriff’s Lieutenant Kathy Jividen said a number of homes were destroyed and trees downed. (Reuters)