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Tornado leaves 6 dead, many homeless in town of Granbury

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A neighborhood in the town of Granbury was the hardest hit by a tornado. Lives and homes were lost in an instant.

Total devastation, that's the only way survivors of the Granbury tornado can describe what's left of their neighborhood on the east side of town.

"We lost everything but we are ok which is what matters. It's something that I never want to experience again," said storm survivor Beatrice Gamaez.

About half of the homes in the Rancho Brazos subdivision were destroyed; some wiped right off their foundations. Vehicles were tossed. Trees splintered. Several homes were built by Habitat for Humanity.

"I just hate what happened to our citizens you just have to think our citizens had to go through something like this, there's nothing left," said Granbury City Manager Wayne McKethan.

This helicopter video shows how the debris was scattered across a wide area as the twister moved toward Highway 4, just missing a major retail center.

Residents got about a 20 minute warning as the storms rolled in shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday night. Six lives were lost and many more were severely injured.

While the damage was being done here, to the Southeast, another tornado, reportedly a mile wide was bearing down on Cleburne.

Two schools were damaged as the massive twister churned down Highway 174.

"We gathered the kids the dogs stayed in the closet until storm. I don't think it lasted more than a few seconds," said Pete Alaniz who rode out the storm with his family.

In town, hail reportedly as large as grapefruit tore into roof tops and smashed through windows.

"I had no idea what to do I laid down in the store and hoped for the best, what else can you do in that situation. When everything happened I waked outside there were people screaming and all that," Saad Mansoor.

There were some minor injuries, but no fatalities were reported in Cleburne.

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