Tornados injure about two dozen

April 24, 2000 12:00 am

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Onlookers survey the damage to Domino\'s Pizza store destroyed by a tornado Easter Sunday, April 23, 2000, in Marshall, Texas. Store employees saw the funnel cloud drop from the sky, and sought shelter in a walk-in cooler, said co-owner Marcia Tepe. No injuries were reported.

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — More than a dozen people were injured in northwestern Louisiana when several tornadoes toppled trees, crushed buildings and snapped utility poles. One woman was pulled unconscious from the rubble of her collapsed home.

Thunderstorms, along with high winds and hail, also hit eastern Texas and Oklahoma.

The injuries in Louisiana — most of them minor — were reported in a residential neighborhood Sunday south of the city where one funnel cloud reportedly hit, leveling several homes, Caddo Parish Sheriff's spokesman Edward Vailes said.

"We've got extensive damage," Vailes said. "We got hit north of town, downtown and south of town where all the injuries were."

The unconscious woman had to be revived en route to Willis Knighton South Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition, Vailes said. Her name and age were not immediately available.

At least one funnel cloud tore through the heart of the city, ripping up siding, shattering storefront windows and knocking down trees around the parish courthouse.

Damage to more than 20 homes south of Shreveport was reported. The storm knocked out power throughout the city, said Chuck Mazziotti, emergency office director for Caddo and Bossier parishes.

Authorities blocked off numerous area roads and much of downtown early today so they could clean up debris.

High winds also caused havoc on the roads, overturning an 18-wheeler and blowing recreational boats off trailers, Vailes said.

In Marshall, Texas, an apparent tornado cut a swath through a residential area, damaging several homes and businesses.

Trees and power lines were knocked down and buildings damaged about 20 miles north in Cass County. No one was injured in either storm, officials said.

A brief but intense storm in Hartshorne, Okla., damaged several houses. One woman suffered minor injuries.

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