May 16, 2013 Granbury Texas, Initial reports are that at least 6 people killed with hundreds injured during a tornado outbreak over parts of North Texas. Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds reported deadly tornado tore through two neighborhoods about 8 p.m. Wednesday May 15th. “Some were found in houses. Some were found around houses,” Deeds said. Deeds also said the total could climb as crews pick through the rubble at day break.
Sheriff Deeds reported that residence received 10-15 minute warning lead time before tornado hit and that 250 people were evacuated on buses, ambulance, and other modes of transportation prior to tornado touch down. County officials used reverse 911 notification system, tornado sirens, and worked with local news media to issue news bulletins to Hood County residence.
iAlert.com severe weather alert notification service was also used to warn residents of the North Texas tornado outbreak in real-time as tornado watches and warnings were issued by the National Weather Service. iAlert.com disseminated the initial Tornado Watch by email and text message to iAlert members at 6pm CDT [http://ialert.com/911140] informing of the potential Tornado threat and at 7:40pm CDT iAlert.com alerted members by email and text message of the Hood County Texas tornado warning [http://ialert.com/911383], with an approx 20 minute lead-time for people to take immediate action. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by this devastating tornado”, iAlert.com Chief Meteorologist Mark McInerney.
iAlert Storm News Reports:
- (Posted by: StormChaserJohn): Images From The May 15, 2013 Hood County Granbury Tornado Outbreak
- (Posted by: StormChaserJohn): Images of North Texas Tornado Event May 15, 2013
See Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds press conference below…..