REUTERS, CNN (US)
GRANBURY – For seven hours overnight, at least 16 different twisters ripped through the town of Granbury, Texas, killing six people and leaving at least seven others missing. Sixteen injuries, some serious, were reported.
CNN reports that the search for survivors is still ongoing in the central Texas town of 8,000: “We’re not going to give up until every piece of debris is turned over,” said Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds. Some of the survivors had to undergo amputation procedures, while others suffered head injuries.
One of the tornadoes was rated EF4 (second most powerful level) by the National Weather Service. Reuters confirmed that natural disasters of such intensity were rare and very well capable of blowing entire neighborhoods clean off their foundations. A few other tornadoes were reported in surrounding towns, but the casualities and most of the damage was confined to Granbury.
One local resident, Ronna Cotton, 38, was quoted by Reuters: “The alarms were loud so I looked out the window, It was too late and the tornado was already here. I knew we had to get out of there. Our car was blocked by a fallen tree so we just ran down the street.”
The casualties lived n the same neighborhood mostly composed of Habitat for Humanity houses.