11/24/2004

November 24, 20004: Deadly Tornadoes Strike RED America

Reds are on God's side ? A thorn on His side more likely...

November 24, 200: Deadly Tornadoes Strike Texas, La., Miss.

HOUSTON (AP) - About a dozen tornadoes plowed across Texas, killing one person and destroying several homes, part of a storm system that drenched the state for four days, pushing rivers out of their banks and forcing people out of their homes.

As the line of violent weather swept eastward after raking Texas on Tuesday, tornadoes also struck parts of Louisiana and Mississippi, killing two more people. Scattered damage was reported in Alabama.

The weather was clearing Wednesday in Texas, but rivers were still swelling with rainfall that included 15 inches in one day during the weekend in southeastern Texas.

In Texas' Dewitt County, officials called for the evacuation of about 100 homes near the Guadalupe River, expected to crest Thursday or Friday, said Sheriff Gary Edwards.

About 2,500 people were asked to evacuate homes near the Colorado River in Wharton County. The Colorado was expected to crest late Wednesday at just below the level that floods homes, National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Moreland said.

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