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Possible tornado hits LA town killing one; injuring 12 others

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Posted: Mar 5, 2011 1:40 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Mar 5, 2011 1:40 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: tornado, hits, Louisiana, town, Rayne, injuries

RAYNE- A woman has been killed and 12 others hurt after a suspected tornado hit the southwestern Louisiana town of Rayne.

Acadia Parish sheriff's spokeswoman Maxine Trahan said the 21-year-old woman died Saturday after a tree fell on her house.

Authorities say about 1,500 residents have been evacuated after a couple of natural gas leaks were reported. Trahan says the residents will be evacuated until at least Sunday.

At least 100 homes have been destroyed or damaged in a swath of destruction a quarter of a mile wide and three miles long.

Authorities say the 11 injuries are minor and those people have been treated at area hospitals.

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