Dead, Dozens Injured After Tornado Rips Through Canton

Cheryl Sanders
April 30, 2017

A heartbreaking scene in Canton, east of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, where there are reports of three tornadoes touching down.

ETMC Tyler has more patients en route from the Canton tornado, all with non-life threatening injuries.

The First Baptist Church of Fruitvale reported that while the church building is without electricity, there was a lot of damage in the area and that some houses have been destroyed and others damaged.


A dispatcher at the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office said officers were chasing numerous injury reports and declined further comment. Damage was also reported in Eustace and Caney City.

Downpours that began on Friday were so intense the ground was unable to absorb the rainfall, making flooding highly likely, said meteorologist Kenneth James of the Weather Prediction Centre, part of the National Weather Service.

Desirae Rasmussen of Canton survived the tornado, but her home was seriously damaged. Canton, in Van Zandt County, was hit by a confirmed tornado.


Dozens of cars flipped over on I-20 east of Canton, with at least 40 injuries reported.

The Canton Fire Department told KXAS-TV that another person was killed along Highway 64 when a tornado threw the person's vehicle.

The devastation in East Texas after tornadoes ripped through the area on April 29, 2017. It just kept moving, ' she said.


Five people have been found dead but county officials said the number may go up as search and rescue efforts continue. Power was also knocked out and the full scope of the damage is not yet known, she said in a phone interview Saturday night.

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