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Tornado Damages Houses in Utah

September 9, 2002

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MANTI, Utah (AP) _ A tornado destroyed two houses, damaged 20 others and tore down power lines and trees in this central Utah town Sunday. No injuries were reported.

``The windows just blew out and everything came flying in,″ said Joe Bennett, a Sanpete County sheriff’s dispatcher whose house was destroyed. ``We’re just lucky no one got hurt.″

By evening, most of the damaged homes had been secured, with plastic over the roofs.

``People in this town pull together pretty quick,″ said Roy Hansen, 47, whose son’s house was destroyed.

The twister was likely between and F0 and an F2 on the Fujita scale, said Larry Dunn, chief meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City. That means winds could have hit 157 mph.

Thunderstorms the past two days have drenched nearly all of Utah, and forecasters called for two or three more days of showers.

Manti is about 120 miles south of Salt Lake City.

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