North Texas tornadoes leave trail of devastation

An emergency vehicle drives through a neighborhood in Rowlett, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, the morning after it was struck by a tornado. At least 11 people died and dozens were injured in apparently strong tornadoes that swept through the Dallas area and caused substantial damage this weekend. (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry)

ROWLETT, Texas (KXAN) — Crews from the National Weather Service are sifting through the damage left behind from this weekend’s tornado outbreak in North Texas.

An aerial view obtained by KXAN shows the aftermath in the towns where nine tornadoes touched down Saturday night, turning Christmas weekend into a nightmare.

11 people were killed in the storm and nearly 1,500 homes were damaged. Several people are still missing following the severe weather, which could change these numbers as rescue crews continue to work through the damage.

NUMBERS FROM THE STORM

  • 9 tornadoes
  • 11 people killed
  • 20 people injured
  • 1,500 homes damaged
  • 80 homes destroyed

The areas hit the hardest were: Copeville, Rowlett, and Garland, north east of Dallas. Governor Greg Abbott declared the area a disaster, meaning more than $35 million worth of damage was done from the tornadoes.

This week many people will begin the slow rebuilding process picking up the pieces left behind.

KXAN’s Erin Cargile will be live in North Texas on KXAN News at 5, 6, 9 and 10.

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