Storms damage TX, MS, LA

A line of storms spawning tornadoes caused damage in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana and the list could go on, according to forecasters, who said the system will hit the east coast by Wednesday.

BY SUSAN KIM | HOUSTON, Texas | November 18, 2003


A line of storms spawning tornadoes caused damage in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana and the list could go on, according to forecasters, who said the system will hit the east coast by Wednesday.

A tornado was reported in central Mississippi Tuesday, said Lea Stokes, spokeswoman for the state Emergency Management Agency. The twister damaged a dozen houses and three mobile homes, she said. Smith County was the hardest hit area.

Louisiana also reported damage, including a possible tornado that touched down in Westwego. Another tornado caused damage in Goodbee, and waterspouts forced closure of some major causeways, which reopened shortly.

Yet another twister touched down in the Houston-area community of Sugar Land Monday, damaging several businesses and injuring 16 people, according to Houston Police reports.

The storm also blew the roof off of Southwest Village Apartments.

Three tornadoes touched down in the Wharton area as well, causing what the National Weather Service called "extensive damage." Damage assessment crews were still working in the state Tuesday.

The St. James Episcopal Church in that area was destroyed, and several trees fell onto nearby homes.

Road flooding snarled traffic and stranded drivers Monday, and local airports saw 3-hour delays.

Many schools were closed in the area Monday but most reopened Tuesday. Most power was restored as well.

The same storm system caused damage in several other states as it made an eastward sweep across the country. It carried heavy rain that caused localized flooding, too.


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