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Destroyed homes  are seen in Granbury, Texas on Thursday May 16, 2013.  Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram,Ron T. Ennis )  MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST);

Destroyed homes are seen in Granbury, Texas on Thursday May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram,Ron T. Ennis ) MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST);

Destroyed homes are seen in Granbury, Texas on Thursday May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram,Ron T. Ennis ) MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST);

TWELVE tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless.

Authorities combed through debris in Granbury, while residents awaited the chance to see what was left of their homes. Witnesses described two badly hit neighbourhoods as unrecognisable, with homes ripped from their foundations.

Resident Elizabeth Tovar said fist-sized hail heralded the tornado's arrival and prompted her and her family to hide in their bathroom. "We were hugging in the bathtub, I heard glass shattering and I knew my house was going. We looked up and... the whole ceiling was gone."

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