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Tornadoes Snarl Texas Towns, 6 Dead and 100 Injured


Last night, tornadoes ripped through parts of North Texas, tearing apart neighborhoods, killing 6 and injuring nearly 100.

Near Granbury, Texas, three tornadoes tore through the Rancho Brazos subdivision at approximately 8:00 p.m. More than 100 homes were “heavily damaged” or “completely destroyed,” leaving 6 dead.

Authorities say the death toll may rise as crews are working to sift through the wreckage. 14 people are still unaccounted for, ABC News reported.

Lake Granbury Medical Center Spokeswoman Dixie Lee Hedgecock said the hospital received 48 patients with injuries ranging from lacerations to fractures.  Other patients were transported to a Ft. Worth hospital.

Strong thunderstorms hit the area hard and dropped softball-sized hail.  At approximately 7:30 p.m., the storms intensified.

Alarm systems alerted residents of the threatening weather.  Surrounding areas also sent out warnings.

Storm spotters informed the National Weather Service that a mile-wide tornado was spotted in Cleburne.

Nearby Millsap was pelted with baseball to softball-sized hail.

The National Weather Service says that at least 10 tornadoes touched down.

“A tornado may have touched down several times in Hood, Tarrant, Dallas and Parker counties, said Matt Zavadsky, a spokesman for MedStar Mobile Healthcare,” CNN reported.

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