Powerful tornados sweeping through east Texas leave death & destruction in their wake (PHOTOS)

RT – April 30, 2017

At least five people were killed and dozens injured as massive tornados swept through east Texas, leaving behind a trail of mangled trees, overturned vehicles, and damaged houses, authorities sad.

Canton in Van Zandt County, some 50 miles (80 km) east of Dallas, was the city most affected by the extreme weather conditions.

Captain Brian Horton of the Canton Fire Department confirmed the death toll during a news conference late on Saturday.

“That number may go up in the morning once we can get into these [affected] areas,” he added.

According to ETMC Regional Healthcare Systems spokeswoman, Rebecca Berkley, at least 54 people have been hospitalized due to the storm.

City residents who don’t need to be in the area should to stay out, “so that our teams can do what they need to do to take care of these people who are in need,” Berkley said.