Hood County Commissioner Steve Berry told The Weather Channel that there were two confirmed deaths, at least 16 injured and multiple structures collapsed.But as many as 100 people have been injured by the twisters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, said MedStar Mobile Healthcare spokesman Matt Zavadsky.
Granbury city manager Wayne McKethan confirmed two deaths after a tornado the city at about 8 p.m. Those areas are in the southern part of the town of about 8,000 residents near Lake Granbury. Another tornado hit the small town of Millsap, about 40 miles west of Fort Worth. Parker County Judge Mark Kelley said roof damage was reported to several houses and a barn was destroyed, but no injuries were reported.
Hood County Judge Darrell Cockerham said there were reports of homes being flattened with people inside. Twisters reportedly touched down in the Texas counties of Tarrant, Hood, Dallas and Parker, Fox8 reported. Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds said there have been “bad injuries … with people losing limbs.”
The extent of the damage and injuries was not immediately clear in Granbury, about 35 miles southwest of Fort Worth. However, police reported the hardest hit area was the Rancho Brazos subdivision and adjoining areas along Lake Granbury.
The tornado in Granbury was part of a system of severe thunderstorms that spawned several tornadoes across North Texas, dropping large hail in some areas. The National Weather Service said a tornado watch would remain in effect for more than 30 counties until early Thursday morning.
According to Severe Weather Expert Guy Pearson, “The greatest potential for a tornado extends from west-central Texas through central Oklahoma to southeastern Kansas and northeastern Missouri Wednesday night.”
Cities potentially in the path of the dangerous storms Wednesday night include Wichita Falls, Texas, Lawton, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla., Chanute and Pittsburg, Kan., and Joplin, Columbia and perhaps Kirksville, Mo.
This zone is likely to mark the dividing line between dry, chilly air to the west and warm, humid air to the east. Energy high in the atmosphere will give thunderstorms that form in this zone the means for explosive development. Individual storms will slice swiftly northeastward, while the overall zone of thunderstorms will drift slowly eastward with time.
The tornado, reported to be a mile-long is reported to be heading towards Cleburne, Texas. Dallas has also been included in a weather warning. Cleburne, a suburb of major city Fort Worth, has a population of 29,300.