Nightly News   |  May 17, 2013

Texas tornado victim: ‘it’s really devastating’

The community of Granbury is in shock following a deadly tornado that brought winds roaring up to 200 m.p.h. NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez reports.

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>> a lot of folks in for a sporty weekend weatherwise. as for the situation on the ground in granbury , texas , officially the search for the missing is over. all are accounted for. the focus is on the devastation and the far-off recovery for the town and the region to the west of ft. worth in texas . gabe gutierrez, good evening.

>> reporter: brian, good evening. some of the neighborhoods hardest hit are still off limits but the local is sheriff plans to open up streets tomorrow. this community is mourning the six people who died. in the rubble of his mother's trailer in granbury , david davis is struggling to cope.

>> she's a loving mother. there's six kids.

>> reporter: the tornado with winds up to 200 miles per hour launched his mother's home more than 200 yards. marjorie ann davis leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. also inside his brother-in-law tommy martin, who did not survive, and his sister-in-law betsy who is in the hospital.

>> it's unbelievable.

>> reporter: two days after the storm system roared through here the search for the missing is over. the last seven have been found safe. the community is in shock. people walking around dazed. one neighbor trying to track down the owner of a 50-year-old love letter she found in the debris outside her home as volunteers pour in to help.

>> it's really devastating. i just don't even have the words to express how everybody is just at a loss.

>> reporter: the national weather service confirms 16 tornadoes touched down that night.

>> 911. state your emergency.

>> i live on lakeshore drive . we have had a tornado here and it's blown the roof off of our house.

>> reporter: in cleburne the cleanup is under ways as reality sinks in for survivors of all ages.

>> i was scared. i heard and then i saw it. it blew off the roof.

>> reporter: today a clearer picture of the destruction in granbury as texas kbov nor rick perry toured the area.

>> the houses will be ree built. there is no replacing the loved oneses who were lost.

>> reporter: also among the dead, leo stepanski. his son is devastated. much like david davis .

>> you walk out here and it's devastating.

>> reporter: a clock in the rubble ofs i mother's home remainses frozen around 8:00 p.m . the time the twister struck. in a sign of how close this part of texas is relief supplieses a are coming from west, texas . the site of the explosion last month. there is no shortage of volunteers here.