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Tornado Rips Through Fort Worth

March 29, 2000

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ A powerful tornado blew through downtown just after rush hour Tuesday night, shattering windows in high-rise buildings, overturning cars and uprooting trees.

Some of the buildings ``looked like they did not have a single pane of glass left in them,″ said Lt. Kent Worley, a spokesman for the Fort Worth Fire Department.

Worley said injuries had been reported, but there was no official count.

The tornado hit shortly after 6:30 p.m. amid severe thunderstorms that were accompanied by torrential rains, softball-sized hail and strong winds.

At the downtown Renaissance Worthington Hotel, windows were broken out in about 12 guest rooms and in the public area, manager Bob Jameson said.

Katrina Weston of Arlington, just east of Fort Worth, told WFAA-TV that when she opened the door of her house, she saw the storm blowing shingles off her roof.

``We have no back fence at all, it literally wiped paint off the back of the house,″ she said. ``There are sirens everywhere and we have no power.″

In South Texas, funnel clouds were reported near Dripping Springs but there were no reports of damage. Marble-sized hail was reported in downtown San Antonio.

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