A rash of tornadoes hit several communities in North Texas overnight Wednesday, marking the deadliest severe storm outbreak in the United States this year. At least six people were killed.
Dozens more were injured and hundreds have been left homeless. The North Texas town of Granbury was especially hard hit, including a neighborhood that included a Habitat for Humanity low income housing area. Granbury is a town of 8,000 people about 35 miles southwest of Dallas-Fort Worth.
In Hood County, where Granbury is located, spokesman Tye Bell said six people were dead, seven missing and at least 45 injured, most from a single subdivision of homes in the town.
About 20,000 homes and businesses were without power early Thursday.
Another tornado hit the small town of Millsap, about 40 miles west of Fort Worth. Parker County Judge Mark Kelley said roof damage was reported to several houses and a barn was destroyed, but no injuries were reported.
In Cleburne, a town of 30,000 people 25 southeast of Granbury, Mayor Scott Caine declared a local disaster, citing “wide damage, some injuries and loss of property.” No fatalities or serious injuries were reported, he said. AccuWeather reported that the Cleburne tornado grew as large as a mile wide at times
The National Weather Service said there were reports of 10 tornadoes touching down in the area.
The tornado season in the United States typically starts in the Gulf Coast states in the late winter, and then moves north with the warming weather, peaking around May and trailing off by July.
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