Residents in Granbury continue to pick up the devastation left behind by a tornado that ripped through parts of the city Wednesday night.

Officials have confirmed six deaths, four men and two women. Seven people remain unaccounted for, and more than 100 people have been injured.

Doctors at the Lake Granbury Medical Center reported several patients had limbs amputated. The tornado touched down around 8 p.m. Wednesday night.

The National Weather Service rated the storm as an EF-4, based on the Fujita tornado damage scale.

“We found a couple of (concrete) slabs that had the bolts ripped out,” said Mark Fox with the National Weather Service. “Not quite EF-5 damage, but it was an EF-4, 165 to about 200 mile per hour winds.

Fox said investigators will remain in Granbury to collect more data on the tornado. “To really figure out how strong the tornado is you’ve got to take a look at the damage. Go see how well the house was constructed, why it failed, was it a tree that came through and knocked off its slab or was it something else?”  

Governor Rick Perry is expected to tour Granbury Friday afternoon. The hardest hit area was the Rancho Brazos Estates subdivision.

More than 100 homes were damaged and at least a dozen were destroyed. Many of the homes were built by Habitat for Humanity for low-income residents.

“It’s very hard to watch your friends and people you know in your town just get destroyed so easily,” said Melissa Weir, who drove in from Ft. Worth Thursday to volunteer.

Weir said the path of destruction left by the tornado was similar to devastation caused by the EF-5 tornado that struck Moore, OK in 1999. “My sister-in-law was in Moore, Oklahoma when an EF-5 hit her town. It was hard to walk through her town, but it’s a lot harder to walk through my town as its destroyed,” she said.

The American Red Cross is assisting victims affected by the tornado.

Volunteers are ready and willing to help, but Will Williams said in a town like Granbury neighbors are usually the first to extend a helping hand.

“They’re such a great community that they’re either staying with neighbors or friends or other family members that may not have been affected,” Williams said.

“They’re all coming together and they’re working it out and that’s one of the great things that I’ve seen so far.” Weir, a Granbury native, said her town has been knocked down, but it will get back up.

“Everybody will pull together and this will all get put back together,” Weir said. “Lives will move on a lot quicker than they would in a big town. Nobody will get lost. Nobody will fall through the cracks.”

Images: Deadly North Texas storms

Published On: May 16 2013 05:57:08 AM CDT   Updated On: May 16 2013 03:00:46 PM CDT

Images of the storms that left a trail of destruction behind in North Texas.

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