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At least four dead and dozens injured after tornadoes strike Texas

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.

Everett says two people are still unaccounted for. Search efforts are continuing throughout Sunday to find more survivors.

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.

The storm system has moved to the east, threatening parts of Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday.


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