Saturday, April 29, 2017

1-Dead 50+ Injured 5-East Texas Tornadoes

So far, five tornadoes have been reported across the area, including one a mile wide, according to law enforcement. Eustace, Canton and Fruitvale received heavy damage and dozens of injuries have been reported.

Interstate 20 at Terrell is reportedly closed.

According to officials, ETMC- Tyler is currently under a yellow alert. ETMC's Rebecca Berkley said the hospital is expecting maybe 40 patients from the Eustace, Canton, Fruitvale area.

By 7:45 p.m., Berkley said nine patients were being treated at ETMC-Athens. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

Officials say Canton ISD and Fruitvale ISD have been mobilized as triage centers. A 22-passenger ambulance is headed to the Canton area from Palestine, the Piney Woods Regional Advisory Council said.

TxDOT said crews are responding to assess damages after possible tornadic activity continues to move through Van Zandt County. There no road closures reported at this time, but caution is advised.


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