Four Dead Following East Texas Tornadoes

A long, and difficult cleanup is just beginning in parts of Northeast Texas in the aftermath of a series of deadly tornadoes.

“The first responders efforts were hampered due to the continuing severe weather coming through the area” Van Zandt County Judge Don Kirkpatrick said, looking back on Saturday Night’s devastation.

“We would get out there, start working, and then get a report of another tornado on the ground” Kirkpatrick said.

At least four people were killed by the storms, dozens more hurt. At least six remained hospitalized Sunday, two in critical condition.

“The damage was extensive in the affected areas” Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett said, adding “I’ve just driven through some of it… it is heartbreaking and upsetting to say the least.”

The bulk of the damage can be found in and around Canton.

“There’s debris everywhere” Van Zandt County Commissioner Virgil Melton said.

Jeff Witworth watched as a twister tore through his ranch in Grand Saline.

“The trees were kind of blowing a little bit–and then all of a sudden… a very different wind came, and that’s what blew the plastic off the top of the greenhouse that was still looking good” Witworth said.


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