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Tornadoes hit NM

Hundreds of buildings damaged by tornadoes in NM Friday.

BY STAFF REPORTS | LOGAN, N.M. | March 25, 2007

Hundreds of homes and businesses sustained damage Friday evening when more than a dozen tornadoes struck communities in New Mexico. The twisters injured 35 people, at least one critically, when they struck Friday afternoon in the eastern part of the state.

The worst hit towns were Clovis and Logan. Damage in Clovis was along a three-mile stretch. Clovis officials said Sunday that more than 1,000 buildings, including several trailer parks, sustained some sort of damage. Also hard hit were local farmers. schools, businesses and homes. Power remained out in many areas Sunday night as officials continued with damage assessment reports.

The Salvation Army helped feed and shelter many of the residents including six people who stayed at the Clovis High School Friday night. On Saturday, the Army helped 15 families relocate to nearby hotels.

Weather service officials said at least 13 twisters touched down in the region Friday afternoon. Heavy rains also caused flooding in the region.

The same severe weather brought strong winds to west Texas, downing power lines and damaging structures in Cochran County. Several tornadoes were reported to have downed trees and caused minor damage to buildings in McLean.

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