Severe storms and tornadoes have torn through the Dallas suburbs, killing 11 and leaving 15 others injured. The raging storm is expected to continue, with more terrifying weather possibly hitting the area.
Intense tornadoes and rainstorms hit suburban Dallas on Saturday, December 26, essentially obliterating the area. With 11 people dead, and 15 others injured, it’s a nightmare of a scene as uninjured survivors struggle to get to shelter and safety out of the eye of the storm.
The Garland area of Dallas was hit the hardest by the storm, with eight casualties out of the total 11, as Lt. Pedro Barineau with the Garland Police Department confirmed to CNN. According to Lt. Barineau, the 15 injured were also located in the town; 600 structures were brutally damaged as well.
In some areas of the town, the facades of houses were just completely ripped off by the storm, leaving gaping holes where walls should be. Some cars that had been in driveways had been hurled into houses by the force of the storm. According to officials in Garland, five out of the eight deaths were caused when cars were hit by tornadoes. No other details were given. How sickening!
The three additional deaths occurred over in Collins County, according to Chris Harvey, the spokesperson for the local police department. There is no word on the cause of death yet; Harvey has indicated the department still needs to assess the situation before revealing what happened.
Garland residents painted a horrifying picture of what it was like when the massive tornado hit their homes. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever heard. “”All I heard was the roaring of the tornado, and my mom told us to get in the bathroom,” said Pat McMillian of Garland. “Then we went across the hall to make sure everyone was OK. The church across the street was destroyed. “We are in our car now, and I’m not sure where we are going to go. It’s extremely hot, and there is no power.” They watched their neighborhood, and others, extinguish into complete darkness.
Other Dallas neighborhoods are experiencing the same tragedy. A large tornado was spotted near DeSoto, just south of Dallas. A tornado was headed toward eastern Ellis County as well, according to the Fort Worth branch of the National Weather Service. It’s unclear if this is the same tornado that’s already torn up many parts of Dallas, or the beginnings of an even larger storm than previously thought.
HollywoodLifers, help us send good thoughts to everyone in Dallas!