By Keri Blakinger
A dangerous storm front will thrash the U.S. midsection over the weekend with torrential rainfall, damaging winds and large hail that will leave behind the threat of flooding throughout the region, the National Weather Service warned.
At least four people are dead and dozens more injured in one Texas county after tornadoes battered parts of the state, officials said Sunday.
The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes in Canton area and one in Caney City. One twister tore along a 35-mile path, tossing vehicles and destroying a car dealership on Interstate 20, according to footage of the scene.
Although Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett initially told local media of five deaths, she revised that number down to four at a press conference Sunday morning.
“The damage was extensive,” she told reporter gathered at the local police station.
“It is heartbreaking and upsetting to say the least.”
More than 50 people were rushed to hospitals with injuries from the storms, and a spokeswoman for East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare Systems said she expected more to come. Although one person was in critical condition, most of the injuries were not deemed life-threatening.
Door-to-door searches were underway Sunday morning, although Everett discouraged volunteers from showing up, saying the situation was still “too fluid.”
“We’re not allowing anyone into the affected areas,” Van Zandt County Judge Don Kirkpatrick added. See more…