Texas Tornadoes: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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A cluster of devastating tornadoes struck north-central Texas last night, causing millions in damage and killing several victims. As many as 10 tornadoes brought extreme winds and monster-sized hail, with the greatest devastation — and death — in the area of Granbury in Hood County, near Fort Worth.

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Here’s what you need to know.

1. 6 People Are Dead

Six people are confirmed dead — all in the Ranchos Brazos subdivision — and some 14 are missing. The death toll is expected to rise as emergency workers comb through the wreckage. As many as 100 people have been injured, with 16 critically injured, according to MyFoxFW.

According to the Red Cross, the areas most affected were Hood County (worst damage), Johnson County, Parker County, Wise County and Montague County.

2. One of the Tornadoes Was a Mile Wide

According to multiple reports, the largest tornado in the cluster was a mile wide, touching down 2 miles south of the town of Cleburne in Johnson County, though meteorologists have suggested it was slightly smaller than that. The average tornado ranges from a few yards to several hundred yards across.

3. There Was “Grapefruit-Sized” Hail

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In addition to powerful winds, tornadoes often come with other freakish weather phenomena, including abnormally large hail. This cluster brought hail as large as grapefruits in some places. The above image was shared on Reddit by earthless_orchid.

4. 20,000 Homes Lost Power

In a testament to the scale of the carnage, 20,000 homes were left without power this morning.

5. Habitat for Humanity Homes Were Destroyed

In a cruel twist, many of the homes leveled were built by Habit for Humanity — a volunteer organization that builds lower-income housing often rebuilds areas ravaged by natural disasters. The Star-Telegram reports on the Rancho Brazos subdivision, where all six fatalities were reported:

The neighborhood has 110 homes, and during the last five years much of the construction has been by Habitat for Humanity

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