An outbreak of severe weather, including tornadoes, in the Dallas area claimed the lives of nearly a dozen people late on Saturday as a powerful winter storm hit the south-central United States.
Eight of the deaths occurred when a tornado hit Garland, Texas, which is located about 20 miles northeast of Dallas.
Garland Police Lt. Pedro Barineau said that three deaths occurred in vehicles, according to the Associated Press. Some cars appeared to have been thrown from I-30 and George Bush Turnpike, he said.
A total of 15 people in Garland also sustained injuries, while about 600 structures were damaged in what Barineau called "total devastation."
Three other people died after severe weather swept through neighboring Collin County. Two people died in the community of Copeville, while an infant perished in Blue Ridge, Dallas Morning News reports.
Extensive storm damage occurred in Copeville, which is located to the northeast of Garland.
The severe weather erupted as a cold front clashed with the near-record warmth that was in place across north-central Texas on Saturday. The front is associated with the winter storm that is unleashing a blizzard in western Texas and eastern New Mexico, extremely heavy rain from eastern Oklahoma to central Illinois with ice in between.
Storm survey crews from the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, Texas, will be investigating the damage east of Dallas on Sunday to determine the number and the strength of the tornadoes from later Saturday.
Here's a map of prelim TOR REPORTS across N/C TX on 12/26/15. Prelim. TOR counts will be available AFTER surveys. pic.twitter.com/tX5xz5bANE— NWS Fort Worth (@NWSFortWorth) December 27, 2015
Storm ravages about 2 square miles of Garland SW and NE of I-30 and George Bush Turnpike https://t.co/jkfiXEPjrm pic.twitter.com/sIKhED71cP— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) December 27, 2015
Tornadoes have been reported on 6 consec days, the longest consec day streak in December since 12/22-12/27/1982. pic.twitter.com/Tdqf1nDqry— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) December 26, 2015