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Witness says nothing is left

JARRELL, Texas, May 27 -- The Rev. Sam Johnson and his son rushed through town to help the survivors of a devastating series of twisters that touched down, but there weren't any. Johnson says, 'All kinds of homes were just erased in the area.

It's hard to imagine, but you don't see anything. It's just gone.' The pastor of the First Baptist Church says, 'I got there before emergency people. I went down to help survivors and we didn't see any.' At least 30 persons were killed and others remained missing early today as rescue workers searched through the rubble of the housing developments leveled by a swath of tornadoes that ripped through the town Tuesday. He says everything -- the one-story houses, the mobile homes, even the brick buildings -- 'they were all equally gone.' Johnson, whose church served as a shelter overnight for relatives waiting to hear about their missing family members, says, 'One man told me he had been through a war and had not seen anything like the bodies and things scattered about.' In the meantime, Johnson says, 'We're just leaning on each other tonight. Because of the devastation, they're having difficulty identifying the bodies. Tonight they're trying to gather pictures of the missing.' ---

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