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Eleven Dead as EF-4 Tornado Rips Through Dallas Area

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A powerful tornado ripped through Dallas, Texas’ nearby suburbs on Saturday night, killing 11 and destroying dozens of homes in parts of Dallas and Collin Counties in north Texas.

The tornado was rated as an EF-4 on Sunday by the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Fort Worth, tied for the strongest tornado to ever hit Dallas County. It moved through Dallas’ eastern suburbs between 6 and 7pm CST on Saturday night, tearing through suburban neighborhoods and killing 11 people, the deadliest tornado in Dallas County since 1927.

The highly-populated suburbs of Garland and Rowlett saw catastrophic damage, with homes leveled and numerous casualties reported in the areas, about 15 miles away from downtown Dallas.

This latest deadly tornado brings the weekly death toll to 27 after 16 people died in Mississippi and Tennessee from tornadoes on Wednesday night, now making it the second-deadliest December tornado-wise in recorded history.

The severe weather risk moves east on Monday, with Alabama, Mississippi and north Georgia standing with the greatest risk for severe storms on Monday and into early Tuesday. However, the risk for strong tornadoes like Saturday night’s is significantly lower on Monday and Tuesday.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on these deadly tornadoes and future severe weather.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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