Video courtesy of abc News.
Authorities searched for survivors Thursday after a powerful storm system that spawned multiple tornadoes tore through two North Texas neighborhoods, killing at least six.
It is reported as of daybreak, 14 people were missing in the town of Granbury, which is just outside Fort Worth. It was not clear if they were missing or were away from the area for other reasons. Utility officials say about 20,000 homes and businesses have lost electricity (Source: Fox News)
North Texas residents began to take in the devastation on Thursday wreaked by a series of tornadoes that killed six and injured dozens more in what Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds described as a “nightmare” scenario.
The death toll could grow, with 14 people remaining unaccounted for, Deeds told a news conference in the early morning hours of Thursday. About 100 people were reported injured and as many as 250 were homeless after the swarm of twisters that ripped up trees and knocked down homes.
Granbury, a town of 8,000 about 65 miles southwest of Dallas, was thought to be among the worst-hit areas. Images of the town revealed leveled homes, badly damaged cars, uprooted trees and downed power lines. The National Weather Service reported three tornadoes across Montague and Hood counties.
Storm surveys to determine the extent of the damage were planned for Hood, Johnson, Montague, and Parker counties on Thursday, the weather service’s Dallas-Fort Worth office announced. Nearly forty patients were taken to Lake Granbury Medical Center and 18 discharged, with the majority of injuries including cuts, broken bones, and some head injuries.
A total of eight patients were admitted to the emergency room at the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. Two of the patients were in critical condition as of 4 a.m. local time. The tornado outbreak was by far the year’s deadliest, the weather service said.
Prior to Wednesday night, there had been three fatal tornadoes this year, killing one person each in Georgia, Mississippi and eastern Texas. About 60 departures have been canceled and 70 flights diverted from Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport on Thursday morning, spokesman David Magana told the Associated Press. (Source: NBC News)
We hope all of our friends in the area safe and lets pray for them.