Multiple Dead; Missing – Tornado Damage North of DFW Metroplex

FORT WORTH – (WBAP/KLIF) – At least five people are reported killed in a tornado or more than one tornado that tore through the Sanger/Valley View area Saturday night. Damage is reported in Cooke and Denton counties. More victims are likely, according to officials, who responded to calls for help when a travel center on Interstate 35 collapsed, reportedly with people inside seeking shelter.

National Weather Service meterologist Daneil Huckaby tells WBAP News a tornado was reported to start events in Eastland County, but it was just after darkness fell the supercell storm system developed, spawning at least one tornado that destroyed homes, businesses and crossed 35, leaving tractor trailer rigs overturned and in disarray.

Cooke County Sheriff Ray Sappington reported 60 to 80 people injured in the AP travel Center during the storm; located at I-35 and Lone Oak Road. Sappington believes that death count will likely rise, because of significant damage at the FRF Estates, where crews worked search and rescue efforts through the overnight hours. At least two more children are reported missing in Cooke County.

National Weather Service has dispatched a couple of survey teams to the hard hit region to determine how many tornadoes there were, and what strength they were.

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