(USATODAY) — The death toll from a swath of tornadoes that roared through the Dallas area rose to 11 Sunday as the state struggled to combat heavy rains, floods and what was shaping up as an "epic" snowstorm.
The violent weather followed a string of tornadoes and flash floods earlier last week that left at least 18 people dead in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. Until the holiday season outbreak, only 10 people had died in tornadoes across the nation, the fewest number on record.
Hardest hit Saturday was Garland, a city more than 230,000 people 20 miles northeast of Dallas, where eight people died and 15 were injured, Police Lt. Pedro Barineau said. He said 600 homes and businesses were damaged.
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"It's total devastation," Barineau said.