NE Texas hit by tornadoes

Oct. 25, 2010 at 10:53 AM
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RICE, Texas, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A tornado injured at least four people, destroyed homes, damaged a school and derailed cars of a train in northeast Texas, authorities said.

Winds of 125 mph ripped through Navarro County Sunday, CNN reported.

Other tornadoes were reported in northeast Texas as well as Alabama and Tennessee, NBC News said.

Four people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, Navarro County Chief Deputy Mike Cox said.

Five homes were destroyed in the community of Rice.

Officials said the Navarro County storm caused an 18-wheel truck to flip onto a passenger car, injuring two people, damaged an elementary school and knocked freight-train cars off their track.

An official said there were no reports of injuries at the school.

Sonia Butler hunkered down in the bathroom of her Rice home with her brother as the storm hit.

"You could just hear the wind coming through the house and it felt like a big suction," she told WFFA-TV, Dallas. "And then it sounded like a loud train, and it only lasted -- not very long, but after that, after we came out of the restroom, our house was just gone."

Joey Romero, 24, and others huddled in a freezer at a Sonic restaurant in Rice while the storm passed through.

"The first few seconds it was all sort of surreal. I couldn't really believe it was happening ... We all walked back in the freezer. It was cold in there and there wasn't light and people were starting to cry," he told CNN.

Callers reported four tornadoes in the Lone Oak, area, northeast of Rice, but authorities had not yet confirmed if they were twisters, Fire Chief Chris Moore said. Violent weather destroyed a home, damaged three others and knocked down power lines there, he said.

The National Weather Service said damage in the Lone Oak area was "significant," NBC News reported.

Other tornado damage was reported in Marshall County Ala., and Maury County, Tenn.

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