Killer tornado hits Granbury

May 16th, 2013 at 2:17 am by under Weather
Montague County Tornado Wednesday Afternoon (KXAS)

Montague County Tornado Wednesday Afternoon (KXAS)

A killer tornado touched down in Hood County in North Texas, southwest of the DFW Metroplex around 8 p.m. Wednesday night. By early Thursday morning the death toll had reached six, with at least 100 people injured—25 requiring hospitalization. The cities of Granbury and Cleburne were hard hit, but most of the deaths were thought to have been in the Granbury area. The tornado was reported to be a mile wide near Cleburne.

The tornado was one of several reported touchdowns in North Texas Wednesday, caused by an upper level storm system that was lifting northward into Oklahoma.

Late Wednesday night, the storms developed southwest into the northern Hill Country, prompting Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for San Saba, Lampasas, Llano, Burnet and Williamson counties. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issued for all of the KXAN viewing area until 6 a.m. Early Thursday morning.

Decreasing clouds and very warm temperatures are forecast Thursday, with temperatures climbing to the upper 80s. High temperatures in the low-to-mid 90s are forecast Friday, with readings remaining near or above 90 degrees through the weekend.

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