A man is carried to an ambulance after being injured in a tornado in Granbury, Texas (AP file photo)
GRANBURY, Texas -- Several tornadoes slammed into an area west of the Dallas- Fort
Worth region Wednesday night, causing at least six deaths and injuring
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Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds says one tornado
touched down southeast of Granbury Wednesday night in the Rancho Brazos
subdivision, destroying mobile homes and single-family homes. Deeds
said at least six residents were reported killed and up to 100 injured,
some critically. The injuries range from lost limbs to minor bumps and
bruises, Deeds says.
Fourteen people are unaccounted for, but it
was not immediately clear if they were missing or were away from the
area for other reasons.
"There were probably 75 homes in that
subdivision that are totally destroyed,'' Deeds said. "We haven't had a
bad one like this for a while.''
Hood County Judge Darrell Cockerham told CNN there were reports of houses flattened with people inside.
"are going house to house" looking for residents trapped, injured or
dead in the rubble of demolished homes near Lake Granbury, said Hood
County Sheriff's Lt. Kathy Jiveden.
The tornado was among several spotted in Texas on Wednesday night and
part of a broader storm system that dumped rain and hail up to the
size of grapefruit on parts of the state. The National Weather Service
to issue storm warnings for 32 counties in Texas and four others in
Oklahoma. The tornado watch was in effect until 1 a.m. Thursday.
"This is serious," weather service meteorologists warned via social media. "Take shelter now!"
a town of about 8,000 that's 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth, received
only minor storm damage, Deeds said. City officials were sending
first-responders to check neighborhoods and school buses to help
evacuate the area.City officials were sending school buses to several
neighborhoods to help with evacuations. The Red Cross set up shelters for
tornado victims at two local churches.
The house across from mine looked like it was destroyed," said Rancho
Brazos resident Allacia Jenny, 22. "I saw power lines all over the
A second tornado it the small town
of Millsap west of Forth Worth. Parker County Judge Mark Kelley said
roof damage was reported to several houses and a barn was destroyed, but
no injuries were reported. Another tornado was spotted at about 8 p.m.
near Decatur in Wise County. A fourth twister was spotted 10 miles west