World Bulletin/News Desk
At least six people were killed and scores injured when tornadoes ripped through a stretch of Texas near the Dallas-Fort Worth area after dark on Wednesday, destroying homes and uprooting trees, authorities said.
Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds said the death toll could rise as rescue workers combed through houses in the middle of the night, hampered by darkness that kept them from seeing the full extent of the devastation.
At least three tornadoes were confirmed to have struck north-central Texas on Wednesday night, with the most severe damage in Granbury, a town about 35 miles (56 km) southwest of Fort Worth, particularly in two neighborhoods of single family homes on the fringe of the city.
All six of the people confirmed killed were found in or around houses in the Rancho Brazos neighborhood, Deeds said.
"At this point, right before I came out here, I've got 14 people that are unaccounted for," Deeds told reporters. "I had three different storms that came through but this is the worst one."
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 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.
"We're going house to house right now," she said.
In Granbury, Pastor Dean Porter of Lake Granbury Christian Temple told a Dallas/Fort Worth ABC affiliate that looking out the front porch of his church at the parking lot he began to see "what looked to be a circular formation" and he ran back inside.
"Apparently what had happened from that point was that the tornado had formed over us, touched down on the opposite end of our property where there was a horse stable and some other buildings that were demolished. Just past that point there was a gas plant, I think there was a pipeline that had broke," Porter told the affiliate, WFAA.
"This particular night is not like anything that I've ever seen," Porter told the station.
Properties were damaged but no one was injured in nearby Parker County, bordering Hood County, Parker County Judge Mark Riley said.
The U.S. tornado season 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.Last Mod: 16 Mayıs 2013, 10:07