Death toll rises to 11 in Texas due to Tornadoes
Dec 27, Texas: At least 11 people are reported to have been killed in Texas due to tornadoes, raising the death toll to 29 in a week of storms across several US states.
At least eight people died in Garland, near Dallas, five of them when their cars were blown off a motorway. Three bodies were found in other towns.
Some cars appeared to be thrown from Interstate 30 and George Bush Turnpike when the tornado hit about 6:45 p.m. Saturday. It wasn't known whether that was the case for the people found in the vehicles.
Officials also said that west Texas and New Mexico could suffer major blizzards, bringing up to 16in (41cm) of snow.
The storms across the South have been unusually powerful for winter.
Reports from Texas said churches were destroyed, cars mangled and trees toppled across a 64km (20 mile) zone from south of Dallas up to suburbs in the north-east.
Lt Pedro Barineau, of Garland police said that about 600 structures were damaged, the majority of which were single-family homes.
The Oslo Times