Five dead, dozens injured after Tornadoes hit East Texas

Vastavam web: 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 80 kilometres east of Dallas last evening.

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 hospitalised this morning, two of them in critical condition, ETMC Regional Health Care Systems spokeswoman Rebecca Berkley said.

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.