The Dallas/Fort Worth area and surrounding counties were hit by at least 10 tornadoes last night, which left at least 6 people dead, 7 others still missing, and about 50 people injured. The Cleburne and Granbury areas were worst hit, with morning pictures showing the devastation that rocked some neighborhoods.
Though Kaufman County avoided the tornado outbreak last night, there were late night warnings for southern Kaufman County and reports of rotation near Terrell at one point. The torrential rains and lightning that pounded the county kept many residents awake until nearly 2 a.m. Though some residents reported minor property damage and downed trees, there are no reported injuries in Kaufman County at this time. There are reports of 2-3 inches of rain falling in the county overnight.
The people in Hood County were not so lucky, as a neighborhood in Granbury was struck by a large tornado during hours of darkness, with rain falling heavily. EMS, Police, and Fire converged and found at least 110 homes severely damaged or destroyed. They immediately began digging survivors out of the debris. Workers described finding some debris from the area five miles away. The 6 deaths reported all occurred in the Rancho Brazos neighborhood just outside of Granbury, and all of the victims were adults.
Other locations struck by the tornado outbreak were Nocona, Millsap, Cleburne, and Ennis. Ennis officials have reported at least 40 commercial buildings damaged or destroyed and 25 houses and apartments suffered signifigant damage. Tornado sizes have not been established as of yet, but the preliminary report by the National Weather Service indicates the Granbury tornado may have been an EF-4. Last year in April, an outbreak of over a dozen tornadoes struck the DFW area, including an EF-3 that tore through the Diamond Creek subdivision in Forney.
Anyone wishing to help with the clean-up efforts in Granbury are asked to check in first at the First Methodist Church in Granbury at 301 Loop 567. The American Red Cross is helping victims all over the DFW area and can accept monetary donations on their website. If you are looking for friends or family in the Granbury area and cannot reach them, call 1-817-579-2888 for info from Lake Granbury Hospital. Hood County has a phone bank to answer questions at 682-498-8010.
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