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Texas homes reduced to splintered wood

At least six people are dead and dozens of homes are in ruins after 13 tornadoes ripped through North Texas Wednesday night. All of the deaths occurred in Granbury, 30 miles southwest of Fort Worth. “We had a total of 97 homes out of 110 that suffered severe damage,” said the town’s Mayor Pro Tem Nill Hulett on AC360° tonight. Watch Randi Kaye's report from Granbury, Texas and read the AC360° 411 on tornadoes: 

  • Tornadoes have hit every state and every continent, except Antarctica.
  • The U.S. faces the most tornadoes: about 1,200 every year. Canada is a distant second with around 100 per year.
  • However, the United Kingdom has more tornadoes, relative to its land area, than any other country. Fortunately, most U.K. twisters are weak.
  • Texas, Oklahoma and Florida get the most tornadoes.
  • Speaking of Florida, it actually gets more twisters per square mile than any other state. Luckily, most are weak.
  • Tornadoes can last from several seconds to more than an hour.
  • The winds of a tornado can reach 300 miles per hour.
  • While the average forward speed of a twister is 30 mph, it can vary from stationary to 70 mph.
  • The average tornado moves Southwest to Northeast, but tornadoes have been known to move in any direction.
  • Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during spring and summer months.
  • Tornadoes are more likely to occur between 3–9 p.m., but can strike at any time.
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