Tornadoes Hit North Texas, At Least Six Dead [Updates]

A tornado outbreak ripped through north Texas last night, killing at least six, and leaving hundreds injured. Particularly hard-hit was the small town of Granbury, Texas, which saw two neighborhoods leveled by a single tornado.

"Some were found in houses. Some were found around houses," Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds told reporters at a midnight news conference. He cautioned that the death toll could rise as recovery efforts continue through the morning.

The Rancho Brazos neighborhood of Granbury, which is 65 miles Southwest of Dallas, has several house built by Habitat for Humanity, some of which were destroyed by the tornadoes.

"With these types of tornadoes, they touch down; they lift up; they touch down. They tend to hopscotch," Matt Zavadsky, a spokesman for EMS workers, told CNN. "The darkness doesn't help, but the crews on scene are doing a really good job to try and reach out to the folks who might be trapped or unable to get to a shelter or the triage area."

It may have been three separate tornadoes that hit the region.

"We heard the winds whipping and glass smashing everywhere," said Ranchos Brazos resident Elizabeth Tovar, 25. "It felt like a long time and when things died down I looked up and saw that the roof was gone."

Update:

10:35 AM: Authorities have announced that six people are dead, while seven remain missing. Thirty-seven people are injured, with 110 homes destroyed or damaged. All of the Habitat for Humanity homes in Rancho Brazos have been destroyed.

Here's a picture of the hail that fell during the storm:

And another photo showing the devastation:

[AP | CNN | Image via AP]