As many as 10 tornadoes touched down Wednesday night in North Texas. The deadliest twister claimed at least six lives in Granbury, an 8,000-person town about 40 miles west of Fort Worth.
"It's definitely a nightmare," Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds said at an overnight press conference, KXAS-TV reports. "I've been assured by my deputies on the scene that they're pretty confident with the six that they found, but there was a report that two of these people that they found were not even near their homes. So we're going to have to search the area out there."
Fourteen people were missing in the immediate aftermath of the storm, Deeds said.
The Rancho Brazos neighborhood was the hardest hit and the "scene of complete devastation," WFAA-TV reports. The Dallas Morning News reports that many of the neighborhood's homes were built by Habitat for Humanity over the past five years for low-income families. Many residents are now homeless.
"Most of the neighborhood is heavily damaged to destroyed," Deeds said. "Very little is untouched."
Granbury is located along Lake Granbury, a long and winding reservoir that offers fishing and vacation opportunities. The town's website boasts that local "folk legend" says famous outlaw Jesse James is buried in the town, and not in Missouri as popularly thought.
Another tornado hit nearby Cleburne, but there were no immediate reports of fatalities. The storm system also dropped grapefruit-size hail.
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The Granbury tornado is the deadliest to hit the U.S. so far this year. The National Weather Service has confirmed three other deadly tornadoes in 2013 that killed one person each in Georgia, Mississippi and eastern Texas.