911 calls released from North Texas tornado

Cleburne dispatch flooded with calls

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CLEBURNE, Texas - Cleburne Police Department released some of the 911 calls from residents as a tornado cut a mile-wide path through part of the North Texas city Wednesday.

One man told 911 dispatch that the roof was blown completely off of his house. Another caller said that there were downed power lines and she was afraid to get out of the car. The dispatcher warns, "don't get out."

The National Weather Service said Cleburne was hit with an estimated EF-3 tornado, which has winds between 136 and 165 mph.   No deaths or severe injuries were reported from that tornado.

In Granbury,  25 miles from Cleburne and the hardest hit area, six people were killed, according to the Hood County Sheriff's Office. Seven people who had been reported missing were accounted for on Friday, officials said.

NWS said the preliminary storm estimate for the Granbury tornado was an EF-4, based on the Fujita tornado damage scale. An EF-5 is the most severe, but an EF-4 tornado has wind speeds of 166 to 200 mph, according to the NWS.

The Hood County Sheriff's Office said the death toll remains at six and is unlikely to change.

The HCSO released the names of the deceased: Robert H. Whitehead, approximately 60 years old;  Glenda Whitehead, age unknown; Jose Tovar Alvarez, 34; Leo Stefanski, 83; Tommy Martin, 61, and Marjari Davis, approximately 82 years old.


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