Governor Tours Tornado-Damaged Granbury Neighborhood

Gov. Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott were in Granbury Wednesday to inspect tornado damage. (Attorney General's Office photo)

Gov. Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott were in Granbury Wednesday to inspect tornado damage. (Attorney General's Office photo)

GRANBURY (May 17, 2013)—Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the tornado-wrought devastation in a Granbury neighborhood is almost incomprehensible.

Perry Friday toured Granbury, two days after a tornado left six people dead in the city about 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds said residents in the affected areas will be allowed to get belongings and begin cleaning up during daytime hours starting Saturday.

Granbury bore the brunt of the damage during the outbreak of 16 tornadoes in North Texas.

In Granbury, much of the devastation occurred in the Rancho Brazos Estates.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott also was in Granbury and urged residents to be cautious of those who might try to scam them as they rebuild.

Habitat for Humanity spent years in the subdivision, helping to build many of the 110 homes in the low-income area. But its work was largely undone during the outbreak of 16 tornadoes.

Granbury bore the brunt of the damage.

The National Weather Service said the preliminary storm estimate for the Granbury tornado was an EF-4, based on the Fujita tornado damage scale.

An EF-5 is the most severe, but an EF-4 tornado has wind speeds of 166 to 200 miles per hour.

Another tornado Wednesday in nearby Cleburne cut a mile-wide path through part of the city.

The weather service said it was estimated as an EF-3, which has winds between 136 and 165 miles per hour.

No deaths or severe injuries were reported from that tornado.

A total of 16 tornadoes touched down during storms Wednesday in Texas.


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