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Tornadoes tear through Texas, killing six

Wreaking havoc: The first tornado, which ripped apart homes and injured as many as 100 people, spawned another twister of about a kilometer wide

AP, GRANBURY, Texas

Johnny Ortiz, left, and James South carry Miguel Morales who was injured in a tornado, to an ambulance in Granbury, Texas, on Wednesday.

Photo: AFP

At least six people were killed on Wednesday as a spring tornado outbreak devastated parts of Texas, destroying or damaging dozens of homes and injuring dozens of people.

The worst-hit city on Wednesday was Granbury, where authorities say a deadly tornado tore through two neighborhoods about 8pm.

Sheriff Roger Deeds delivered the death toll at a midnight news conference.

“Some were found in houses. Some were found around houses,” Deeds said.

He also said the total could climb as crews pick through the rubble of shattered homes.

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 57km to the northeast, Deeds said.

As many as 100 people were injured, said Matt Zavadsky, spokesman for MedStar Mobile Healthcare.

His company sent three ambulances and a medical bus from its Fort Worth base to Granbury.

Deeds said officials were trying to account for 14 people, but it was not clear if they were missing or were away from the area for other reasons.

Hardest hit were two neighborhoods in the southern end of the town of about 8,000 residents about 105km southwest of Dallas.

The same storm spawned another tornado that storm spotters told the National Weather Service was a kilometer wide.

That twister tore through the southwestern quadrant of Cleburne, a courthouse city of about 30,000 about 40km southeast of Granbury.

There were no reports of deaths in that storm, “but we do have the potential for some injuries,” Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain said.

He had no estimates.

Cain had no estimate on the number of homes damaged, but he said he expected the number to soar into the dozens based on his inspection of damage ranging from roof damage to total destruction.

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