NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The National Weather Service has confirmed there were at least 9 tornadoes that hit the North Texas area this past weekend. In all, 11 people were killed, all in Garland and Collin County, and thousands of homes were destroyed.READ MORE: Haltom City Police Searching For Missing 11-Year-Old Imonyeah Jackson
NWS officials say the strongest of the 9 twisters hit in the city limits of Garland and Rowlett and had winds up to 180 miles per hour. The EF-4 twister left a 13-mile path of destruction.
Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in four North Texas counties: Collin, Dallas, Ellis and Rockwall.
But while some North Texans begin salvaging, there is no recovery for others. Mesquite mother of four Petra Porras was among the people killed on Interstate-30 and the President George Bush Turnpike Saturday night. The 24-year-old was driving when the tornado hit.
Cecil Lowrie, 77, and his wife Evelyn were also on the highway in Garland when the twister touched down. The car the couple was traveling in was picked up and thrown from a bridge. Cecil did not survive, but Evelyn is alive, hospitalized in Plano with very serious injuries.READ MORE: Sacré Bleu! Paris, Texas Police Department Seek Men Who Climbed Iconic Eiffel Tower Causing $10K In Damages
It is believed that the youngest of the Garland storm victims was little Kamryn Crain. The 1-year-old boy was with his mom, Kimberly Tippett, when the massive tornado hit and neither survived.
Collin County Sheriff’s Office 911 operator LaShondra “Shon” Whitaker is also a victim. The 32-year-old had only been employed with the Collin County Sheriff’s Office since August 2015.
Also killed in Garland were 58-year-old Timothy Harris and 42-year-old Sharva Sanders. The eighth storm victim so far has not been identified.MORE NEWS: Mexican Border Cities Receive More Than 1 Million Dozes Of COVID Vaccine From U.S.
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