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Texas tornadoes: Eleven killed in Dallas area

December 27, 2015 5:42 pm

Eleven people have been killed in tornadoes in Texas, police say, 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.

In west Texas the problem was snow – high winds caused drifts that have made a number of roads impassable.

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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.

Garland police believed that tornado-strength winds late on Saturday were the cause of car accidents, Melinda Urbina from the Dallas County Sheriff’s office, told the BBC.

Ms Urbina said the winds “tossed cars around” and vehicles were later found below Interstate 30, about 15 miles (24km) north-east of Dallas. She urged local residents to stay off the roads.

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