Tuesday 12 November 2019

Tornadoes 'up to mile wide' kill six and wreak havoc in Texas

Pete Alaniz looks for items to salvage after a tornado hit in Cleburne, Texas
Pete Alaniz looks for items to salvage after a tornado hit in Cleburne, Texas

Nick Allen Los Angeles

At least six people died, dozens were injured and hundreds left homeless as 10 tornadoes tore through Texas.

Homes were flattened, power lines downed, trees uprooted and roads blocked by debris in the worst storm outbreak in the US so far this year.

The six dead were all from Rancho Brazos, a neighbourhood of 100 homes near Granbury, 50 miles from Dallas.

Emergency services said seven people were still missing and at least 53 injured. About 20,000 homes and businesses were without power.

One tornado, which hit the town of Cleburne, was said to have been a mile wide.

Shattering

Elizabeth Tovar, from Granbury, described how fist-sized hail fell as her family took refuge in their bathroom.

"We were all hugging in the bathtub," she said.

"I heard glass shattering. We looked up and the whole ceiling was gone."

Pastor Dean Porter, of the Lake Granbury Christian Temple, said: "A funnel cloud began to form and the debris was being pulled up into a rotation.

"Power lines were pulled down into the road. It was amazing. It was devastating."

Sheriff Roger Deeds said: "The main concern is finding any victims that still need our help." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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