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Tornadoes tear through Texas, killing at least 8 people

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Updated: Saturday, December 26, 2015, 9:59 PM

A storm system stirring up two late season tornadoes battered northeast Texas, killing at least four people near Dallas.

The storms shredded several buildings along its path northeast of the Dallas suburbs, injuring multiple people, including a family trapped inside a gas station at about 7 p.m., according to local reports.

Four people were killed near Garland, police said.

A storm chaser spotted one of the tornadoes east of Dallas on Saturday night, where it killed at least four people and destroyed several buildings.Nathan Moore/RecycledSpoons via YouTube

A storm chaser spotted one of the tornadoes east of Dallas on Saturday night, where it killed at least four people and destroyed several buildings.

Another fatality was reported at the gas station along Highway 789 ripped apart by the storm, according to WBAP-AM.

The tornados struck with little warning the day after Christmas, well past the region’s typical tornado season in the late spring and early summer.

People run for safety as weather sirens sound during a severe storm passing over downtown Dallas on Saturday.LM Otero/AP

People run for safety as weather sirens sound during a severe storm passing over downtown Dallas on Saturday.

A simultaneous tornado tore through Ellis County, about 30 miles south of Dallas where emergency officials said the storm “destroyed and damaged” several homes.

The category of each tornado has not yet been determined, but one of the massive storms was captured in video footage silhouetted by flashes of light.

The eastward storm cell knocked over trees and power lines, sparked a fire at a mobile home park in Sunnyvale and shutting power along highways near Garland.

“We’re dealing with darkness out here,” Garland police spokesman Mike Hatfield told the Dallas Morning News.

The chaotic aftermath of each storm is a brutal hit to the state already preparing for a historic blizzard predicted to cripple the state’s panhandle with several feet of snow, said meteorologists with the National Weather Service station in Amarillo.

The blizzard could blanket parts of Oklahoma and Texas with 9 to 18 inches of snow as gusty, freezing winds whip through the region.

Snow began falling over El Paso in the afternoon when Washington State University beat Miami 20-14 during the Sun Bowl.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

nhensley@nydailynews.com

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