May 8, 1995 in Nation/World

Tornadoes Kill 4, Damage Buildings

Compiled From Wire Services

Tornadoes ripped through southern Oklahoma late Sunday afternoon, killing three people, injuring four and causing heavy damage to businesses and homes, authorities said.

In Texas, a tornado near Amarillo early Sunday morning snatched a man from his front porch and dropped his body 130 feet away, one of 18 deaths caused by a string of powerful storms in the state since Friday.

At least five tornadoes struck near Ardmore, about 100 miles south of Oklahoma City, damaging at a tire plant, gas station and several other buildings. In nearby Plainview, a tornado damaged or destroyed 35 homes and ripped the roof off a school.

In Texas, the twister touched down at least three times within eight miles. It destroyed eight mobile homes, heavily damaged three houses and seriously injured four people, officials said.

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