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Wednesday, 05 June 2013 18:08

Tornado Damage Could Reach $250M in Texas; Storm System Hit Several States Hard

The storm system that tore through Moore, OK, on May 20 produced 16 tornado touchdowns in Kansas and Nebraska on May 18, plus 76 incidents of straight winds and 92 hail storms. The day before it hit Moore,  the storm widened and covered Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois.

There were 29 tornadoes, 255 wind events and 142 hail storms. On the final day there were 31 tornadoes reported in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Arkansas and India, plus 218 windstorms and 105 hail storms.

The May 15 tornadoes in north-central Texas damaged multiple homes, killing six people and injuring 100.

Granbury, a city about 40 miles from Fort Worth, was the hardest-hit when as many as 16 tornadoes swept through North Texas. One tornado touched down around 8 p.m., leaving behind six fatalities and reports of 14 missing people. Most of the destruction occurred in Rancho Brazos, a neighborhood subdivision built by Habitat for Humanity volunteers.

As many as 10 twisters touched down after nightfall on May 15 in Hood, Johnson, and Ellis counties, destroying homes, scattering trailers and throwing down softball-sized hail. According to local news sources, about 20,000 homes and businesses were without power.

A mile-wide twister tore through the nearby city of Cleburne, damaging roofs and houses but causing no confirmed deaths. Additional damage occurred in Ennis, where squalls of 70 mph winds tore through homes and infrastructure, and the small town of Millsap about 40 miles west of Fort Worth.

An industry group says insured damage from recent deadly tornadoes in North Texas could reach $250 million.

Mark Hanna with the Insurance Council of Texas says the rough estimate could change as insurers continue to gather information from the May 15 storms.

A twister killed six people in Granbury where dozens of homes were damaged. Tornadoes also left behind significant damage in Cleburne.

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