|RT | Apr 30, 2017|
Canton in Van Zandt County, some 50 miles (80 km) east of Dallas, was the city most affected by the extreme weather conditions.
“That number may go up in the morning once we can get into these [affected] areas,” he added.
RECAP: 5 tornadoes reported in E. Texas, one a mile wide, according to law enforcement. 1 confirmed fatality. https://t.co/Xvohe7EDVb#TXwxpic.twitter.com/o8IsEOERPl— Lane Luckie (@LaneLuckie) April 30, 2017
City residents who don’t need to be in the area should to stay out, “so that our teams can do what they need to do to take care of these people who are in need,” Berkley said.
“We have three major transmission stations that are damaged,” she said.
The full extent of the damage is yet unclear.
People have shared photos and videos of the aftermath of the deadly tornados on social media.
Disaster declaration issued for Van Zandt County following tornadoes https://t.co/KLiP1IWvtfpic.twitter.com/c5geETLkJN— WFAA-TV (@wfaachannel8) April 30, 2017
“It [the tornado] hit so hard, so fast. It just kept moving,” she said, adding “I’ve never seen anything like it after 22 years of living here.”
This is some of the damage to the trees on 1651 in between tundra and 198. #Canton#tornadopic.twitter.com/a0fK6rksY1— Jesse Carr (@jessedcarr) April 30, 2017
“Every last one of us walked away. But we have nothing left down there,” Rasmussen said.
Texas Task Force 2 has been sent to help the Canton & Van Zandt areas respond to weather. #txlege@TexasTaskForce2pic.twitter.com/bBYdI1DS5Z— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 30, 2017
Another local, William Melton, said that three-quarters of his two-story house has been damaged.
“Sucked the house right off on top of us. The roof and everything collapsed on us,” he said, adding “me and a buddy of mine shielded the kids with the roof.”
In the meantime, a triage center has been set up at Canton High School.
Triage center is at Canton High School. Our camera wasn't allowed inside, but first responders say a lot of people are hurt @CBSDFWpic.twitter.com/aBmasP4vyy— Yona Gavino (@YonaGavinoCBS11) April 30, 2017
“These storms have been wide spread and have impacted many rural communities. We are making every effort to reach out to those affected,” the organization said in a statement.
Tornados also ripped through neighboring Henderson and Rains counties in Texas.
Second strong #tornado crossing FM 1256 south of Canton TX earlier, major damage from this one unfortunately #TXwx@NWSFortWorthpic.twitter.com/YI3XvHO8hT— Sid Smith (@ViciousWeather) April 30, 2017
Missouri & Oklahoma declare states of emergency due to flooding
In a separate development, the states of Missouri and Oklahoma have declared states of emergency following severe storms that dumped torrential rain resulting in dangerous flooding on Saturday.
In Missouri, authorities told some people to evacuate and 33 rescue operations were carried out, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens said.
The pictures coming in from West Plains are crazy, the amount of water looks staggering #mowx#floodpic.twitter.com/XmtgJxaNAm— Wes Peery (@WesWeather) April 30, 2017
The man escapes just before his truck goes under in West Plains (2/2) (Brooke Taylor) #mowxpic.twitter.com/8TBnouZRVB— KOLR10 KOZL (@kolr10kozl) April 30, 2017