Tornadoes tear through Texas towns, 6 killed
Dallas, May 16, 2013
At least six people were killed and seven were missing after as many as 10 tornadoes ripped through north-central Texas Wednesday evening, leaving a trail of destruction from the worst severe storm outbreak in the US so far this year.
Authorities warned the death toll could rise from the storms, which struck from early evening to around dusk, flattening homes and uprooting trees across at least four counties near the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The hardest hit area was around Granbury, a town of 8,000 people about 35 miles (56 km) southwest of Dallas-Fort Worth.
In Hood County, where Granbury is located, spokesman Tye Bell said seven people were still missing and at least 45 injured, most from a single subdivision of homes in the town.
"The main concern is life safety and finding any victims that still need our help," Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds said at a press conference on Thursday.
All six of the people confirmed killed were found in Rancho Brazos, a neighborhood of around 110 mostly single family homes on the fringe of Granbury that bore the brunt of the winds, Deeds said. - Reuters