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Thirteen + Tornados Strike New Mexico

Earth News: New Mexico, USA
March 24, 2007
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Storms that produced at least 13 tornadoes swept along New Mexico's border with Texas on Friday, destroying homes and other buildings and injuring at least 16 people, several critically, authorities said.The worst damage was reported in the towns of Logan and Clovis, which are about 80 miles apart, police said.The tornadoes damaged several buildings, toppled power lines and sparked fires that were later extinguished in Clovis, police Lt. James Schoeffel said.Thirteen people from the area were hospitalized at the Plains Regional Medical Center. Five were in critical condition with head trauma, said Liz Crouch, the center's chief operating officer.

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CLOVIS, NM -- One twister that touched down in Clovis Friday night left a three mile long path of destruction.
Many residents in the eastern New Mexico community didn't realize how bad the damage was until the sun came up.
According to a spokesperson from the Office of Homeland Security, more than 400 homes, businesses, and schools were damaged.
Residents woke up Saturday morning to roofs completely blown off buildings, vehicles overturned, and trees and power lines piled up in yards and on homes.

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