May 5, 2009 in Nation/World

Severe storms, tornadoes continue across South

Associated Press
 

NEW ORLEANS – A tornado injured three people and damaged nearly two dozen homes Monday in Louisiana, a day after severe thunderstorms across the South killed one person.

A woman was treated for a broken leg after the twister ripped through part of the rural community of Catahoula, La., around 6 a.m., said Maj. Ginny Higgins of the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office. The woman, in her early 30s, was struck by flying debris as she ran from her mobile home to her mother’s home, according to Higgins. Higgins said two other people had minor injuries.

The National Weather Service said the tornado was 50 to 100 yards wide when it tore through the area about 140 miles northwest of New Orleans.

Heavy rain caused flooding Monday in areas including West Virginia, where nearly 2 inches of rain in western parts of the state made roads impassable, washed out bridges, shut down schools, flooded basements and knocked out power to thousands. No injuries were reported.

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