Authorities searched for survivors Thursday after a powerful storm system that spawned multiple tornadoes tore through two North Texas neighborhoods, killing at least six adults.
As of daybreak, seven people were missing in the town of Granbury, which is just outside Fort Worth, authorities said at a press conference Thursday morning. It was not clear if they were were away from the area for other reasons.
“I’ve been assured by my deputies on the scene that they’re pretty confident with the six that they found, but there was a report that two of these people that they found were not even near their homes. So we’re going to have to search the area out there,” Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds said.
MyFoxDFW.com reports as many as 10 tornadoes may have touched down as a result of the storms, one may have been a mile wide. About 50 people were taken to a Granbury hospital, where 14 were admitted for treatment of injuries and two were transferred to a hospital in Fort Worth, about 35 miles to the northeast, Deeds said.
Utility officials say about 20,000 homes and businesses have lost electricity
Matt Zavadsky, spokesman for MedStar Mobile Healthcare, tells the Associated Press his company believes as many as 100 people were injured. Medstar sent three ambulances and a medical bus from its Fort Worth base to Granbury.