‘Large and Dangerous’ Tornado Hits Texas Town; Significant Damage, Injuries Reported

'Large and Dangerous' Tornado Hits Texas Town; Significant Damage, Injuries Reported

April 13, 2019– Mary Greeley News –

Powerful storms moving through the South Saturday spawned several tornadoes, including a “large and dangerous” twister that left significant damage and caused injuries in a Texas town.

The long-track tornado began south of Calvert, in Robertson County, before hitting the town of Franklin, located about two hours east of Waco and home to more than 1,000 residents.

There have been reports of injuries, down trees, flipped trailers and damaged homes. There have also been reports of collapsed buildings downtown.

Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak told The Weather Channel there were numerous injuries, including many “walking wounded.” He said others were taken to the emergency rooms but he couldn’t say how many. He noted there were no reports of fatalities.

The tornado also damaged the Franklin Safari Park along Highway 79, but animals escaped, ABC13 reported.

Several other tornadoes were confirmed in Texas Saturday, including two near the town of Alta from two different storms. The first tornado that hit around noon local time destroyed two homes and downed numerous trees.

More than 85,000 customers were without power as a result of the storms in Texas by 4 p.m. EDT, according to poweroutage.us.

'Large and Dangerous' Tornado Hits Texas Town; Significant Damage, Injuries Reported

There were reports of multiple injuries, the NWS said, and CNN affiliate KWTX reported widespread damage. Trees were pulled up by the roots, roofs torn off buildings, and the cinder block foundation was all that was left of a mobile home in the town, which is southeast of Waco.

And law enforcement was asking people to avoid the town until further notice while residents begin to clean up.

For people who were displaced, the First Baptist Church of Franklin opened its doors as a shelter.

Mary Greeley News

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