(DALLAS) — At least five people were confirmed dead in the Garland, Texas area, outside Dallas, after tornadoes and severe storms tore through the area, Garland Police said Saturday night.
Cops also said that there were numerous injuries and that there were numerous buildings destroyed, but more specifics were not immediately available.
The hardest hit area was by I-30, police said.
The destruction came as the death toll from severe storms throughout the South this week rose to 17. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) reported two more deaths Saturday, bringing the total in the state to 10. The two additional deaths in Bexar County were originally considered missing.
On Saturday, there were six reported tornadoes — four of which were in the greater Dallas area. Of those, two were confirmed visually, but official surveys will be conducted Sunday, officials said. One of the reported tornadoes was near Byars, Oklahoma.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch on Saturday for 49 counties in Texas, including Dallas County, the state’s second most populous after Harris County.
And Saturday evening, a “large and extremely dangerous” tornado was reported near Glenn Heights, TX, south of Dallas, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters called the situation “life-threatening” and said that mobile homes “will be destroyed.” They also predicted “considerable damage to homes” and “complete destruction is possible.”
There were multiple reported tornadoes in the Dallas area Saturday evening. According to the Dallas Office of Emergency Management, there was some damage in the Glenn Heights area, but no reports of damage in the city of Dallas.
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