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Several Tornadoes Strike Texas

May 1, 2000

ELBERT, Texas (AP) _ At least three tornadoes touched down Sunday in west Texas, including one that flattened a cotton gin, barns, several businesses and mobile homes here.

No deaths were immediately reported in the town of 150 people, which is about 50 miles southwest of Wichita Falls, said Tina Kavecki, a dispatcher with the Throckmorton County Sheriff’s Office. The tornado hit around 5:45 p.m.

There were also reports of tornadoes in Young County, one south of Olney and another near South Bend. There were no immediate reports of death or damage from those tornadoes.

The heavy weather formed along the leading edge of a warm front that pushed eastward through the state. Along with the tornadoes, the storms dropped golf ball- to tennis ball-sized hail.

In Oklahoma, a wave of storms brought heavy rains to the southwestern and central parts of the state Sunday. Emergency crews responded to reports of stranded motorists in Oklahoma City and house fires started by lightening.

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