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Severe storms hit south

Hearne, Texas, bore the brunt of severe storms that moved through Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi Thursday night.

BY SUSAN KIM | HEARNE, Texas | May 14, 2004

Hearne, Texas, bore the brunt of severe storms that moved through Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi Thursday night.

"There is probably residential damage, but we don't have damage figures yet," said William Ayres of Texas emergency management.

Some press reports indicated 170 homes were damaged, but Robertson County emergency management reports confirmed that 170 people stayed at a shelter in Hearne, not that 170 homes were damaged.

At least six people were rescued from treetops, homes or cars overtaken with swift-moving floodwater. Some homes may have as much as 18 inches of water.

Torrential rain and a tornado ripped off roofs and flooded neighborhoods in both Texas and Oklahoma. One person was killed in Oklahoma when a car slid off the road.

The tornado caused damage in Bryan, some 85 miles northwest of Houston. Several mobile homes were damaged.

"There is still a threat of getting more rain," said Ayres. Flood watches and warnings were still posted for parts of southeastern Texas Friday.


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