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Multiple tornadoes strike North Texas on Wednesday night

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A line of storms moving through North Texas on Wednesday caused 16 tornadoes according to estimates and killed at least six people.

Hood County officials confirmed six people died from the tornado, all adults.

Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds said 37 were injured and 110 homes were damaged.

All people who were unaccounted for have been found safe, according to officials.

Gov. Rick Perry surveyed the damage by plane on Friday and praised the emergency response teams for their life-saving efforts.

The National Weather Service announced Thursday morning the Granbury tornado is estimated at an EF-4 strength - the second strongest designation for a tornado. EF-4's have winds between 166 and 200 miles per hour.

The hardest hit parts of Hood County were in the Rancho Brazos/deCordova area.

The Rancho Brazos area was where a large number of Habitat for Humanity homes were built. Many of them were destroyed in the tornado.

Residents of that neighborhood will be allowed back in their homes for the first time starting Saturday. Sheriff Deeds said residents will be allowed to inspect what's left of their property between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., but must first register with the county's Fire Marshal's Office.

MedStar transported 17 patients from Granbury to Ft. Worth hospitals on Wednesday night, with three of those patients in critical condition.

About an hour after the Granbury tornado on Wednesday night, FOX4 received reports of tornadoes near Cleburne in Johnson County.

Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain said on Thursday there were 600 homes damaged or destroyed by an EF-3 strength tornado Wednesday night. Wind speeds for an EF-3 are 136-165 miles per hour. There was also a smaller EF-0 tornado in Cleburne.

Officials say there were no deaths and only a handful of minor injuries in Cleburne.

"Our roof is gone, our fence is gone but we're all okay and that's all that matters," said Melanie Alaniz who lost her home.

Houses near Lake Pat Cleburne were missing the interior and roof.

"You see it all the time on television, you see that picture about this big, you say that's really bad, but when you drive through and you see neighborhoods and neighborhoods gone, it's heart wrenching," said Kelly Anderson who is a project manager for Belfour Dallas.

Tornadoes were also reported in Montague, Parker and Wise counties on Wednesday night.

National Weather Service estimates the Millsap tornado in Parker County was an EF-1 and an EF-1 tornado in Ennis.

The City of Ennis reported one minor injury caused by falling glass. A preliminary assessment report indicates that 40 commercial buildings and 25 homes were damaged in the city of Ennis.

The Red Cross said it believes the most impacted areas are: Hood County, followed by Johnson, Parker, Wise and Montague. The organization has set up three shelters that are currently housing 42 people.

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