LANCASTER (CBSDFW.COM) - Governor Rick Perry will be in Lancaster on Thursday, touring areas that were devastated by powerful storms and tornadoes on Tuesday afternoon. He will get to see firsthand just how destructive the twisters were for North Texas. In some places, the rubble is so thick that it is hard to tell it was once somebody’s home.
Perry will get a bird’s eye view of the damage as he flies over the area in a helicopter. Roofs are missing. Walls have collapsed. Windows have been shattered. Cars still parked in places that used to be garages. Officials have determined that the Lancaster tornado was an EF-2, packing winds of up to 130 mph. At least 300 homes were damaged by the storm. The city issued a disaster declaration and is hoping to get state and federal aid for the residents who are now forced to rebuild.
Lancaster is just one of the several areas hit by Tuesday’s tornadoes. Forney and Arlington have both also issued disaster declarations. Perry is set to visit those cities and Kennedale during his Thursday stop in North Texas. According to a statement issued by his office, the governor will be briefed by local authorities and emergency management personnel before discussing his thoughts at a news conference later in the day.
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