Tornadoes in East Texas killed and injured several people, damaged houses


East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System said two people remained in critical condition. The American Red Cross of North Texas had set up two shelters for victims displaced by the storms — one at Canton’s First Methodist Church Life Center, the other at the Emory City Center in Emory. The tornadoes left a trace of destruction, a 15-mile wide swath of debris. The deadliest damage was reported from the Canton area. One person died in a vehicle that had been tossed by the tornado along Highway 64 near the town in Van Zandt County. Van Zandt County officials asked people to stay away from the area because of the danger from downed power lines and debris scattered throughout the area. Thousands people were affected by power outages.


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