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Officials: 'Multiple Fatalities' in Texas Tornado

12:09 PM, May 16, 2013   |    comments
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas leaders have offered concern and support to communities raked by tornadoes that have left at least six people dead.

Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday said he's deeply saddened by the deaths. Perry says the State Operations Center continues to monitor the situation.

Emergency officials in Granbury say at least six people were killed in Wednesday night's twister. 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.

Forecasters say tornadoes that were part of the same storm system hit nearby Cleburne and Millsap.

A preliminary estimate Thursday from the National Weather Service indicates 10 tornadoes went through North Texas. The Granbury twister was the worst - packing winds of up to 200 mph.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn also offered condolences over the destruction and loss of life. Cornyn says all of Texas stands with the communities.

tility officials say nearly 15,000 homes and businesses have lost electricity after tornadoes swept through North Texas and left at least six people dead.

Dallas-based Oncor (ON'-kor) on Thursday had almost 14,300 customers without power as crews worked to restore service.

United Cooperative Services at the height of the storms Wednesday night reported about 4,000 outages.

That number dwindled to several hundred Thursday with the hardest hit areas being Granbury and the Cleburne area. Tornadoes went through both cities - with six people killed in the Granbury twister.

United Cooperative Services says more than 100 utility poles were toppled by the severe weather.

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