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>> North Texas Recoils from A Dozen Reported Tornadoes to Close December
60 tornadoes tracked through the holiday season
Weather statistics show that December is one of the low months in terms of tornadoes, usually averaging only about 20 per year. However, with the recent outbreak of multiple tornadoes through North Texas over the Christmas holiday weekend, numbers have topped out at 60 tornadoes for the month of December 2015.
The areas of Garland and Rowlett received the brunt of those dangerous storm conditions, which left approximately 11 dead and wide areas of power outages and property destruction. More than 1,400 homes were damaged or destroyed. National statistics reported that over in seven states up to 43 people were killed related to the string of tornadoes and storms in the span of 3 days. Reportedly, there were 9 tornadoes identified in the Dallas area over the weekend, and the National Weather Service declared an EF4 rated tornado which swept through the intersection of I-35 and George Bush turnpike on Saturday evening, leaving vehicles thrown from the highway and 3 people dead. The total tornadoes counted by the National Weather Service topped to 12 in all for North Texas.
Texas Governor, Greg Abbot declared disaster areas for the counties of Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and Ellis. While at the same time, the Department of Public Safety in Amarillo discouraged any travel throughout the entire Texas Panhandle, approximately 26,000 square miles, due to the blizzard conditions, ice storm warnings and flood warnings.
The neighboring state of Arkansas reported a tornado touched down near Bearden, but no injuries were mentioned. Meanwhile, Missouri declared a state of emergency and other reports of weather related deaths were mentioned for Illinois and Alabama. FEMA officials were on hand in North Texas within a day to assess the damage and further evaluate the extent to homes and businesses, and assess federal assistance.