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Perry: Emergency Response To Storms Very Good

LANCASTER (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Gov. Rick Perry says the work to protect residents in one North Texas city ravaged by a tornado is a “great example of the local first responders” doing a good job.

Perry toured Lancaster by air Thursday and spoke to local officials. Ten people were injured there and hundreds of buildings damaged during Tuesday’s storms.  The tornado that struck Lancaster was one of at least 11 that hit the DFW area that day.

Perry says looking at the destroyed homes in Lancaster “brings just starkly to your mind how quickly these events can occur.” Perry suggested Texas would ask for federal disaster relief for areas hit by the storm.

The National Weather Service says the twister in Lancaster was an EF2 tornado with wind speeds up to 135 mph.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS Local.  The Associated Press contributed to this report.  All Rights Reserved.)

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