Texas Tornado Causes Mayhem in Little Town

kim kardashian

A tornado hits Van, Texas causing the death of five and injuring dozens of others Sunday May 10th.

An intermediate school located in Van suffers greatly from the tragic storm with the lawn invisible due to shards of glass and long strips of metal and plastic. Not much is left of the building in which the windows are blown out with debris hanging from them.

Van Zandt County Fire Marshal Chuck Allen said two of the dead victims are a related adult man and woman.

Many residents told CNN, “It looks like seeing your entire childhood destroyed.”

On top of the five dead and dozens injured, there are three who are missing after the extreme storm.

Officials have been searching for the missing through the tons of debris left from the storm with the help of search canines; specifically in the place they were last seen according to Allen.

At 8:45 p.m. on Sunday, sirens wailed through the streets of Van just minutes before the tornado hit the city.

A National Weather Service tornado warning allowed emergency responders to transport 47 people to area hospitals. Many others were taken to hospitals through private vehicles.

Allen reported an estimation of 30 percent of the town that suffered damage.

The National Weather Service predicted the tornado as an EF-3 on the Enhanced Fujita scale. A tornado at that scale is expected to have winds between 135 to 150 mph.

The city’s website states the town has a population of more than 2,300 people covering a span of three square miles.

Allen reports around 50 to 100 homes suffer damage and the elementary and intermediate school suffered a great deal of damage.

Van Independent School District Superintendent Don Dunn’s main concern were her students saying, “Every bit of that can be replaced,” and continuing to say, “We feel very blessed that this did not happen during a school day.”

According to the school district’s Facebook page school will be closed Monday and Tuesday due to the storm damage.

KTVT aerial footage shows the aftermath of the storm. The footage features homes with roofs torn off, mud-covered streets and fallen trees. People are seen stepping out of their homes to attempt to clean debris off their lawns.

Mayor of the town Dean Stone comments, “It’s just something that you never expect.”

Damage has been as extreme as houses being ripped off their foundation, with just the wooden beams sticking out.

Allen reports the damage “from completely destroyed homes, damaged homes, to trees and power lines down.”

Though their first duty after the storm was to find any injured civilians and dealing with damage later.

A Red Cross donation system and search for some clean-up crew volunteers is starting up on the city’s Facebook.

The Red Cross is helping the city recover by setting up shelter areas at the First Baptist Church. Also teams both on foot and using ATVs are collecting anyone found walking around.

Another warning siren went off at 10:30 p.m. to signify a second storm. All were warned by the Van Fire Department that the area was not safe and to stay off the roads.

On Instagram and Twitter many share pictures and videos of the destruction that hit their little Texas town.

Image via Instagram

Van football field/school #dead

A video posted by Joey Dominguez (@jjooeeyy1) on May 11, 2015 at 5:18am PDT


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