A leader of a North Texas county where six people died in a tornado has described a storm-damaged neighborhood as "total devastation." Hood County Commissioner Steve Berry before dawn Thursday surveyed the damage in Granbury, about 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Berry, who was a firefighter for more than 20 years, says the Ranch Brazos neighborhood has about 100 mobile homes and wood structures. He says a lot of the mobile homes were "wadded up" and rolled during Wednesday night's twister. Berry says all of the homes have significant damage and as many as half were destroyed. He says a lot of homes were built by volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. Berry says houses can be rebuilt over time but the loss of a life is devastating to families.
Recovery begins in twister-damaged Texas city
A North Texas county sheriff says seven people remain unaccounted for after a massive tornado claimed six lives. Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds on Thursday said emergency responders are searching parts of Granbury left devastated. Deeds says authorities are working to identify the six adults who died in Wednesday night's twister in Granbury, about 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Deeds earlier said 14 people were missing but half were later found with family or friends. Deeds says he hopes that will be the case for the other seven missing people. He says 37 people were treated at a Granbury hospital and of those, 15 were transported to Fort Worth-area hospitals and 19 were treated and released. The sheriff says three people remain Thursday at Lake Granbury Medical Center.
At least 6 confirmed dead in Texas tornado (as of 9am)
Officials say at least six people were killed when a spring tornado outbreak devastated parts of North Texas, destroying or damaging dozens of homes and injuring dozens of people. The worst-hit city Wednesday was Granbury, where authorities say the fatalities occurred as the deadly tornado tore through two neighborhoods. Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds delivered the death toll at a midnight news conference and said dozens were injured. The same storm spawned another tornado that storm spotters told the National Weather Service was a mile wide. That twister tore through part of Cleburne, about 25 miles southeast of Granbury.
Thursday Morning Press Conference