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Texas storm kills 7, injures dozens

Tornado touches down in Maverick County near Mexican border.

BY STAFF REPORT | EAGLE PASS, Texas | April 25, 2007

At least seven people were killed and dozens injured Tuesday night when a tornado touched down near the small town of Eagle Pass near the Mexican border.

City officials reported that the tornado destroyed two schools and at least 20 homes. A family of five was killed when their mobile home was thrown into a nearby building.

As many as 76 people were reported injured, four critically.

The National Guard was mobilized and the American Red Cross set up an emergency shelter. More than 300 families stayed at the shelter overnight Tuesday.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief has deployed one cleaning unit, one feeding unit and one chaplain to the town.

Search and rescue operations were reported going on through the night. Eagle Pass is about 150 miles southwest of San Antonio.

Three fatalities were also reported across the border in Piedras Negras, Mexico. Forty others were said to be injured.

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