Tornado tears through TX town

A possible tornado tore through near the town of Mission, Texas early Wednesday.

BY SUSAN KIM | MISSION, Texas | April 30, 2003


A possible tornado tore through near the town of Mission, Texas early Wednesday morning, destroying 13 homes and damaging 10 others, according to J.D. Villarreal, chief administrator for the Hidalgo County Commissioner's Office.

"Most of these were either mobile homes or were poorly constructed," he said. Local churches and the American Red Cross were helping survivors who needed food, clothing and temporary shelter, he added.

Eleven people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, Villarreal added.

A subdivision northwest of Mission, called Solida del Sol, was hardest hit, according to local reports, when the storm roared through just after midnight.

School was canceled in the local district, and school officials were making counseling available to children who may have been traumatized by the storm, Villarreal said.

Mission is in southern Texas in the Rio Grande Valley.


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