Deadly weather strikes Texas, devastating families

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In Harris County, Texas, officials say they were expecting a lot more rain. Meantime, a tornado touched down and caused major damage in the east Texas community of Lindale.

From communities north of Houston to neighborhoods near Dallas, devastating tornadoes and deadly floods are framing a weekend of severe weather.

In Palestine, a grandmother and her four grandchildren were killed when a creek flooded its banks, reaching the rooftops of homes in their east Texas neighborhood. The Palestine Police Department says they received reports about the missing family shortly before their bodies were found.

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Meantime, twisters caused severe damage from southern Oklahoma to eastern and southern Oklahoma.

A suspected tornado damaged or destroyed 15 to 20 homes near Big Sandy, Oklahoma, according to Upshur County Sheriff's dispatcher Jeremy Henderson. The town is situated 100 miles east of Dallas.

Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith says at least one confirmed tornado caused major damage in the east Texas town of Lindale. Several people were injured, though the extend of those injuries in unknown.

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Smith says fallen tree limbs and power lines are slowing recovery efforts by first responders.

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Another round of storms stuck the Royal Forest subdivision early Saturday morning.



Back near Houston, the Royal Forest Subdivision on the Willis-Conroe city line was hit once again by storms on Saturday morning. It comes just days after the neighborhood suffered serious damage when dozens of trees were uprooted, crashing onto homes and cars.

Some residents lost power and others had additional tree limbs fall into their yards. Meanwhile, many homes still had debris in their yards from storms that tore through the neighborhood on Wednesday.



Homeowner John Alexander said some of his trees were damaged from Wednesday's storms and Saturday's storms only made it worse.

When the storms rolled through he said he was anxious.

"Very nervous, very because of this tree right here," he said as he pointed to a towering tree that was cracking," It's not done. That is a very huge tree and the possibility of that falling on my house or his is very real," he said.

Willis Police Department said at least 60 structures were damaged on Wednesday. On Saturday, the town had no major incidents.
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