At least four are dead and dozens more injured after multiple tornadoes swept though parts of eastern Texas on Saturday night, Canton mayor Lou Ann Everett confirmed.
The National Weather Service confirmed four tornadoes touched down near the small town of Canton, approximately 60 miles (96 kilometers) east of Dallas. The NWS reported that preliminary surveys show two EF-3 and two EF-0 tornadoes, but surveys will continue into Monday.
— NWS Fort Worth (@NWSFortWorth) April 30, 2017
Everett says two people are still unaccounted for. Search efforts are continuing throughout Sunday to find more survivors.
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At least 50 patients were transported to three different hospitals, according to the East Texas Medical Center. ETMC spokeswoman Rebecca Berkley confirmed Sunday morning that six people remained hospitalized, with two of those people in critical condition.
Van Zandt County, which includes the city of Canton, has been declared a disaster zone.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott traveled to Canton Sunday afternoon, where he held a press conference with local officials. Abbott said the top priority for officials is to search more than 5,000 homes for victims.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 30, 2017
The storm system has moved to the east, threatening parts of Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday.
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