Texas tornado kills at least five people

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A Texas tornado that claimed the lives of at least five people and injured dozens others in Canton, Texas is making headlines across the US.

Reporters have confirmed two more Texas tornadoes in the region, one in Eustace and the other in Caney City. Damage surveys are in progress and it is possible to find additional damage or tornadoes. Officials say the number of casualties may go up as search and rescue efforts continue.

Capt. Brian Horton said, “We’re talking about I think maybe five casualties. That number may go up … once we can get into these areas.”

As a result, the violent Texas tornado left behind a trail of damaged homes, dismantled trees, and overturned vehicles.

The National Weather Service confirmed at least three tornadoes touched down about 96 km (60 miles) east of Dallas, Texas late Saturday, leaving a trail of damage in the Van Zandt, Henderson and Rains counties. The first tornado (EF-3, preliminary) touched down near Canton in Van Zandt County and traveled north into Rains County. The second touched down outside the town of Eustace in the Henderson County and the third in Caney City along Cedar Lake, also in Henderson County. The city of Canton in Van Zandt County was hardest hit.

At least 54 people were injured and 5 killed after a violent wedge tornado touched down near Canton, Texas on Saturday, April 29, 2017. NWS confirmed two more tornadoes in the region, one in Eustace and the other in Caney City. Damage surveys are in progress and it is possible to find additional damage or tornadoes. Officials say the number of casualties may go up as search and rescue efforts continue.

The National Weather Service confirmed at least three tornadoes touched down about 96 km (60 miles) east of Dallas, Texas late Saturday, leaving a trail of damage in the Van Zandt, Henderson and Rains counties. The first tornado (EF-3, preliminary) touched down near Canton in Van Zandt County and traveled north into Rains County. The second touched down outside the town of Eustace in the Henderson County and the third in Caney City along Cedar Lake, also in Henderson County. The city of Canton in Van Zandt County was hardest hit.

In a news conference Saturday night, the Canton Fire Department said at least five people were killed after storms left behind dozens of cars overturned, mangled trees and damaged homes in and around Canton. NWS Forth Worth is still on the scene assessing damage and have not yet rated the tornadoes. “Teams will start surveying on Sunday and it will take several days,” they said.

Some unofficial, preliminary estimates mention Canton tornado as EF-4. It was on the ground for 64 km (40 miles), long enough to hit Fruitvale, Van Zandt and Emory, Rains County, reporters said. Many homes were damaged or destroyed in Fruitvale, according to reports.

 

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