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Severe Storms and Tornadoes Rip Through Louisiana

Breaking Storm News: Louisiana, USA

Jan 05, 2007
Two people are dead after reports of tornadoes touching down during a strong cluster of storms in southern Louisiana. The twisters, which were reported in eastern Iberia Parish just before 4 p.m. Thursday, tore off roofs and ripped seven mobile homes from their foundation. At least 15 people were taken to area hospitals. A severe band of storms hit the parish. In New Orleans, crews were dispatched to clean drains and prepare for possible flooding ahead of a weather system that could drop several inches of rain on an area that has been drenched in the past two weeks. The National Weather Service forecast 2 to 4 inches of rain, with locally heavy amounts possible, creating potential flooding. While stormy weather this time of year isn't unusual, this latest system comes after two storms that helped bring December's rainfall total in New Orleans to more than 10 inches, nearly twice the normal average.

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YEMEN - At least seven people have been killed and thousands driven from their homes by torrential rains and flooding. Rain has been pounding Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Arab world, for days, causing rockslides that have blocked roads and made it hard to get aid to the affected areas. The western area of Rayma and the southern Dhamar province were among the worst hit. Officials said more than 600 houses had been destroyed or damaged across the country, leaving more than 2,000 people homeless.

IRELAND - A mini tornado wreaked havoc in a remote area of Aghalee on New Year's Eve the, second one to target the area in less than 15 months which the Met Office described as 'FREAKISHLY RARE.' Eye witnesses described seeing the tornado coming from the Lough, lifting anything in its way, uprooting trees, bringing down roof tiles, lifting up cars and tossing a cattle feeder around like a toy. For a tornado to strike in the same area was freakishly rare and it was the very squawly cold front, producing very heavy rain and thunder, which caused the tornado. It was weather likened to summer rather than winter weather.

FIJI - A man is in hospital after a tornado struck Lawaki settlement in Saweni Lautoka at around 3pm yesterday. About four houses were completely destroyed.
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