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Authorities say at least 12 people were injured and one person killed by an EF2 tornado that struck the small south Louisiana town of Rayne on Saturday, March 5, 2011. The tornado brought winds reaching 135 mph and had sprung from a vast storm system kicking up abundant moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.

More than 150 homes were damaged in Saturday’s tornado, many of them destroyed, authorities said, and about 1,500 people were evacuated because of natural gas leaks. Now the task of cleaning up lies ahead in Rayne, where sheet metal roofing clung to trees, chunks of homes were ripped and tossed about, and downed tree limbs smashed cars.

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