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May 16, 2013

At least 6 confirmed dead in Texas tornadoes

GRANBURY, Texas —  A rash of tornados slammed into several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead,

dozens more injured and hundreds homeless. The violent spring storm scattered bodies, flattened homes and threw trailers onto cars.

In Granbury, the worst-hit city, a tornado tore through two neighborhoods around 8 p.m. Wednesday. Resident Elizabeth Tovar described the fist-sized hail that heralded the tornado¹s arrival, prompting her and her family to hide in their bathroom.

"We were all, like, hugging in the bathtub and that¹s when it started happening. I heard glass shattering and I knew my house was going," Tovar said, shaking her head. "We looked up and ...  the whole ceiling was gone."

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