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Tornado Outbreak, Dec. 26, 2015

Tornado Outbreak, Dec. 26, 2015

Continuing Coverage of the Dec. 26, 2015 Tornado Outbreak

New Video Shows Formation of Powerful Garland-Rowlett Tornado That Killed 8

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    Video from Luminant's Lake Hubbard power plant shows the deadly EF4 tornado that tore through Garland Saturday. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015)

    New video shows the forming of the deadly tornado that tore through Garland and Rowlett, Texas, on Saturday.

    Security cameras at a Luminant power plant near Lake Ray Hubbard shows the tornado forming as it approaches Garland as an EF4.

    The video shows the storm building in intensity in the top right corner of the screen. Then the tornado begins to clearly form, and four seconds later the funnel forms and appears to connect with the ground. Seconds after that, the first of many power flashes can be seen.

    The tornado grows in size, and it is illuminated by lightning strikes and power flashes as the twister hits transformers. Eventually the tornado moves northeast out of the line of sight of the camera.

    The National Weather Service said the tornado, which produced EF4 damage in Garland and EF3 damage in Rowlett, was on the ground for approximately 13 miles in Dallas and Rockwall Counties.

    The tornado caused eight deaths, most near the intersection of Interstate 30 and the President George Bush Turnpike.

    The Lake Hubbard power plant is not far from the Garland neighborhoods along Bobtown Road that were heavily damaged.

    Nine tornadoes and 11 fatalities have been confirmed from the afternoon and evening of Saturday, Dec. 26.