Texas tornado toll rises

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The number of people confirmed dead after greater Dallas area as a storm system brought tornadoes and flooding rises to at least eight. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Texas tornado toll rises

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At least eight people are confirmed to have died in the greater Dallas area as a storm system brought tornadoes and flooding on Saturday, increasing the death toll from harsh weather in the southern United States this week to 26, according to officials and local media.

Authorities in Garland confirmed that five people died after a tornado struck the city, some 15 miles (24 km) northeast of downtown Dallas. Homes, apartments and vehicles were also damaged, police said, but it was not clear how many people were hurt.

The five deaths were believed to have been related to vehicles having been struck by a tornado near State Highway 190 and Interstate 30.

Two other people were found dead at a gas station in the city of Copeville, another 20 miles (32 km) to the northeast, said Lt. Chris Havey, spokesman for the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, and an infant had died in Blue Ridge.

The National Weather Service confirmed tornadoes hit multiple cities in the greater Dallas area on Saturday evening, and there were reports of widespread damage and flooding.

An NWS official said roughly eight tornadoes may have touched down across seven counties, though preliminary reports could not be confirmed.

Weather officials also confirmed tornadoes hitting the towns of Ovilla, Farmersville and Rowlett. Images uploaded to social media showed a massive tornado near Rowlett, as well as devastated houses and vehicles.

Power was out for some 30,000 customers in the region as of Saturday night, according to energy company Oncor.

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