Texas tornadoes leave ‘number of fatalities’, dozens injured

Severe storms including tornadoes have swept through several small towns in East Texas, leaving a trail of overturned vehicles, mangled trees and damaged homes.

Authorities believe as many as five people were killed and dozens injured, though they were still assessing the damage from the storms that swept through an area about 50 miles (80 kilometres) east of Dallas on Saturday evening.

WATCH: The mayor in Canton, Texas, said multiple tornadoes hit the town overnight. The damage is 35 miles long, and search and rescue teams are going through the town looking for people who may still be trapped in the rubble.
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Canton mayor provides update on tornado damage that left dozens injured

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

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Video from local television stations showed uprooted trees and overturned cars along rural, wet roadways, along with at least two flattened homes. The tornado flipped pickup trucks at a Dodge dealership in Canton and tore through the business.

Fifty-six people were treated at three hospitals and six remained hospitalized Sunday morning, two of them in critical condition, ETMC Regional Health Care Systems spokeswoman Rebecca Berkley said.

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The National Weather Service confirmed at least three tornadoes swept through parts of three counties Saturday evening.

Horton asked that people who didn’t need to be in the area to stay out, “so that our teams can do what they need to do to take care of these people who are in need.” He noted that a triage centre was set up at the local high school.

One resident, Ernestine Cook, told Dallas television station WFAA she rushed to a storm centre just in time.

“It hit so hard, so fast. It just kept moving,” she said. “I’ve never seen anything like it after 22 years of living here.”

WATCH: Tornado rips through Texas leaving some families stranded
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Tornado rips through Texas leaving some families stranded



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