GRANBURY, Texas (AP) — Raul Rodriguez counts himself a lucky man.

For two years, the 42-year-old auto mechanic and his family have enjoyed life in his house in the Rancho Brazos Estates subdivision of Granbury, a North Texas town 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Built by volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, it was the first home Rodriguez has ever owned.

On Wednesday evening, he was home with his wife and three children when a storm began to rage.

"I looked out the window and thought, 'It doesn't look good,'" he said.

He gathered his family into a hall closet as a savage tornado roared over his neighborhood. All he could hear above the storm's din was the sound of every window in his home shattering.

After the storm passed, he and his family emerged to find his home damaged but still standing.

"I'm surprised. I can't believe it. My wife was the first person out, and injured people, bloody people, started coming to our house, asking us to call 911," he said.

Habitat for Humanity spent years in Granbury's Rancho Brazos Estates subdivision, helping to build many of the 110 homes in the low-income area. But its work was largely undone during an outbreak of 16 tornadoes Wednesday night that killed six people and injured dozens.

Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds said Thursday afternoon that two of the dead were women and four of them men; one man and one woman were in their 80s. Six or seven people have not been accounted for, he said at a news conference.

"I'm very confident we'll find those people alive and well," Deeds said, adding that 37 injured people were treated at hospitals. "We're going to keep looking. We're not going to give up until every piece of debris is turned over."

Granbury bore the brunt of the damage. The weather service said the preliminary storm estimate for the Granbury tornado was an EF-4, based on the Fujita tornado damage scale. An EF-5 is the most severe, but an EF-4 tornado has wind speeds of 166 to 200 mph.

Another tornado in nearby Cleburne cut a mile-wide path through part of the city Wednesday. The weather service said it was estimated as an EF-3, which has winds between 136 and 165 mph. No deaths or severe injuries were reported from that tornado.

Harold Brooks, a meteorologist at the weather service's severe storm lab in Norman, Okla., said May 15 is the latest into the month that the U.S. has had to wait for its first significant tornadoes of the year. Brooks said he would expect 2013 to be one of the least lethal tornado years since the agency started keeping records in 1954.

Habitat for Humanity's website describes the international organization as a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry that has helped build or repair more than 600,000 houses for more than 3 million people who otherwise could not afford home ownership. The ministry was brought to prominence by the participation of former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter.

Habitat for Humanity homes, built for low-income buyers using volunteer labor and donations, are financed with affordable loans. The nonprofit selects homeowners based on their level of need, willingness to become partners in the program and ability to repay their loan. Homeowners invest their own time into building the homes as well.

Of the homes in the Rancho Brazos Estates, 61 of them were built by Habitat for Humanity, according to Gage Yeager, executive director of Trinity Habitat for Humanity in Fort Worth. He said most of those homes were damaged, including at least a dozen that were destroyed.

On Thursday, authorities combed through debris in Granbury, while residents awaited the chance to see what was left of their homes. Witnesses described the two badly hit neighborhoods as unrecognizable, with homes ripped from foundations and others merely rubble.

"I tell you, it has just broken my heart," said Habitat for Humanity volunteer Elsie Tallant, who helped serve lunch every weekend to those building the homes in a Granbury neighborhood and those poised to become homeowners.

"We were going to dedicate a house this weekend, and her home was destroyed," she said.

The homes, built primarily for low-income people, were insured and can be rebuilt, said Habitat for Humanity volunteer Bill Jackson.

Raul Rodriguez said he will rebuild. Aside from shattered windows, lost roof shingles and a garage that caved in on his car, Rodriguez feels fortunate.

"My neighbors to the right, they lost everything," he said.

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Warren reported from Dallas. Associated Press writers Angela K. Brown in Granbury, Texas, and Diana Heidgerd and Terry Wallace in Dallas; AP videographer John Mone in Granbury; and freelance photographer Mike Fuentes contributed to this report.

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  • A home in Cleburne, Texas has portions of its roof missing on Thursday May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. (AP Photo/Star-Telegram,Ron T. Ennis)

  • This satellite image of Texas and parts of surrounding states made on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 8:45 p.m. shows the vicinity around Granbury, Texas, center, approximately 21 minutes before the NOAA NWS Storm Prediction Center received a tornado report. On Wednesday night, tornadoes swept through North Texas, leaving at least six people dead. (AP Photo/NOAA)

  • Baby birds are rescued from a fallen tree at the home of Joshua Keith on Thursday, May 16, 2013, after a tornado destroyed part of Cleburne, Texas late Wednesday night. A rash of tornadoes slammed into several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens more injured and hundreds homeless. The violent spring storm scattered bodies, flattened homes and threw trailers onto cars. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth)

  • Heavily damaged homes are seen in Granbury, Texas, on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron T. Ennis)

  • A semi trailer sits on its side, Thursday, May 16, 2013, after it was knocked onto homes after a tornado destroyed part of Cleburne, Texas late Wednesday. A rash of tornadoes slammed into several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens more injured and hundreds homeless. The violent spring storm scattered bodies, flattened homes and threw trailers onto cars. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth)

  • A heavily damaged home in Cleburne, Texas is seen in an aerial view on Thursday May 16, 2013. Multiple tornados hit the area last night. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron T. Ennis)

  • Heavily damaged homes Line a cul de sac in Granbury, Texas on Thursday May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron T. Ennis)

  • Only the slab is left of a house, swept off of its foundation by the tornado Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Granbury, Texas. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram,Paul Moseley)

  • A car is turned upside down after a tornado passed through the area Wednesday near near Granbury, Texas on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry)

  • A stop sign was knocked to the ground after a tornado passed through the area in Granbury, Texas on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry)

  • Lauren Seay looks for items to recover in the bedroom of home that was destroyed by a tornado in Cleburne, Texas, Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • Utility trucks work on restoring power in Cleburne, Texas on Thursday May 16, 2013. Multiple tornados hit the area last night. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron T. Ennis)

  • A destroyed home in Granbury, Texas is seen in an aerial view on Thursday May 16, 2013. Multiple tornados hit the area last night. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron T. Ennis)

  • From left, the Keith family, Jordan, Alex, Josh and Connie clean a lot damaged by Wednesday's tornado in Cleburne, Texas on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/Ron Russek II)

  • A heavily damaged home in Granbury, Texas is seen in an aerial view on Thursday May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron T. Ennis)

  • Heavily damaged homes in Cleburne, Texas are seen in an aerial view, on Thursday May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron T. Ennis)

  • A large homeis missing most of its roof in Cleburne, Texas on Thursday May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. (AP Photo/Star-Telegram,Ron T. Ennis)

  • Emergency workers go through the rubble of heavily damaged homes in Granbury, Texas on Thursday May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. (AP Photo/Star-Telegram,Ron T. Ennis)

  • A a roofless home is seen in Granbury, Texas on Thursday May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron T. Ennis )

  • Emergency personnel look through debris on near Granbury, Texas on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry)

  • Emergency personnel continue search to locate people in the Rancho Brazos neighborhood of Granbury, Texas, Thursday, May 16, 2013. A rash of tornadoes slammed into several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens more injured and hundreds homeless. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul Moseley)

  • A house damaged by a tornado that passed through the area on Wednesday near Granbury, Texas on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry)

  • Items remain untouched in the cabinet of a destroyed house in Granbury, Texas on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry)

  • Searchers working the Rancho Brazos neighborhood in Granbury , Texas, look for unaccounted residents, Thursday, May 16, 2013. A rash of tornadoes slammed into several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens more injured and hundreds homeless. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul Moseley)

  • Crushed autos sit amid the rubble of destroyed homes as emergency personnel continue search efforts to locate unaccounted for people in the Rancho Brazos neighborhood in Granbury, Texas, Thursday, May 16, 2013. A rash of tornadoes slammed into several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens more injured and hundreds homeless. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul Moseley)

  • Crushed autos sit amid the rubble of destroyed homes as emergency personnel continue search efforts in the Rancho Brazos neighborhood in Granbury, Texas, Thursday, May 16, 2013. A rash of tornadoes slammed into several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens more injured and hundreds homeless. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul Moseley)

  • Lisa Montgomery looks at crosses she salvaged from her home that was destroyed by a tornado in Cleburne, Texas, Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ms. Montgomery rode out the twister the night before in her bathtub with her 10-year-old son and is salvaging items with friends and family helping. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • People look at damage as they help to start cleaning up and salvage items from a home that was destroyed by a tornado in Cleburne, Texas, Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

  • This May 16, 2013 photo provided by Nichole Tomlin shows her Granbury, Texas backyard and rubble where Tomlin says there used to be a neighborhood. A rash of tornadoes slammed into several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens more injured and hundreds homeless. The violent spring storm scattered bodies, flattened homes and threw trailers onto cars. (AP Photo/Nichole Tomlin)

  • A child rides his bike past damaged homes on Thursday, May 16, 2013, after a tornado destroyed part of Cleburne, Texas late Wednesday night. A rash of tornadoes slammed into several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens more injured and hundreds homeless. The violent spring storm scattered bodies, flattened homes and threw trailers onto cars. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth)

  • Lightning strikes from a storm illuminates the sky where damage is strewn about the street and light pole near Hyde Park Lane at Country Club Rd. after a tornado in Cleburne, Texas, Wednesday night, May 15, 2013. Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain early Thursday declared a local disaster as schools canceled classes amid the destruction. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox)

  • An unidentified injured young girl is wheeled to an awaiting ambulance in Granbury, Texas, on Wednesday May 15, 2013. Granby was the worst hit city as a rash of tornadoes slammed into several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens more injured and hundreds homeless. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)

  • Derrek Grisham, left, points out neighborhood damage to storm chaser Travis Schafer after a tornado damaged his mother's house on Hyde Park Lane at Country Club Rd. in Cleburne, Texas,Wednesday night, May 15, 2013. Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain early Thursday declared a local disaster as schools canceled classes amid the destruction. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox)

  • An unidentified injured person is carried to an ambulance in Granbury, Texas, on Wednesday May 15, 2013. Officials report the tornado caused "multiple fatalities" as it tore through two neighborhoods of a North Texas town. Hood County sheriff's Lt. Kathy Jiveden reported the multiple fatalities, but she had no estimate of dead or injured. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)

  • A large hole was blown out of the roof of a home on Lakeshore Dr. outside of Cleburne, after a tornado Wednesday night, May 15, 2013. The top of the roof was still intact leaving a large hole through the roof of Lake Pat Cleburne home. Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain early Thursday declared a local disaster as schools canceled classes amid the destruction. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox)

  • Lightning strikes from a storm illuminate a home damaged by a tornado on Hyde Park Lane at Country Club Rd. in Cleburne, Wednesday night, May 15, 2013. Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain early Thursday declared a local disaster as schools canceled classes amid the destruction. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox)

  • A young injured boy is carried to an awaiting ambulance in Granbury, Texas, on Wednesday May 15, 2013. A rash of tornadoes slammed into several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens more injured and hundreds homeless. The violent spring storm scattered bodies, flattened homes and threw trailers onto cars. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)

  • Johnny Ortiz, left, and James South, right, carry Miguel Morales, center, who was injured in a tornado, to an ambulance in Granbury, Texas, on Wednesday May 15, 2013. Officials report the tornado caused "multiple fatalities" as it tore through two neighborhoods of a North Texas town. Hood County sheriff's Lt. Kathy Jiveden reported the multiple fatalities, but she had no estimate of dead or injured. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)

  • A young injured girl is put on an ambulance in Granbury, Texas, on Wednesday May 15, 2013. A rash of tornadoes slammed into several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens more injured and hundreds homeless. The violent spring storm scattered bodies, flattened homes and threw trailers onto cars. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)