In the United States tornados have caused serious damage in the south west of the country.
AV Western Arkansas, scene of tornado. Damaged buildings (2 shots)
AV Paris, Texas, with buildings with roofs ripped off (2 shots)
CU Cleo Patterson, resident of Paris, speaking
SV Ambulance moves away (3 shots)
SV Police car patrolling area (3 shots)
GV Rescue workers sifting through debris (2 shots)
SV Reverend R.L. Gray speaking
G/SVs Neighbours sifting debris and consoling relatives (3 shots)
SCU Survivor speaking
GV ZOOM OUT Remains of church
SV Survivor sitting on wreckage
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CLEO PATTERSON: "And I heard it when it hit, it sounded like a freight train, come through as a 'whooo...' just as it hit."
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REVEREND R.L. GRAY: "Well, I said I'm all right. Move over I'm looking for my grandkids, I can't get them spotted anywhere."
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SURVIVOR: "My daughter and those were praying and that's what kept us safe. I know the Lord kept us safe."
REPORTER: BARBARA ROWAN
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Background: In the United States tornados have caused serious damage in the south west of the country. One swept through a 80 kilometre (50 mile) section of western Arkansas killing at least 13 people, including a family of five crushed to death when their home caved in. In Texas, the storms left a trail of death and destruction stretching across three counties. Worst-hit was the city of Paris, about 130 kilometres (80 miles) north-east of Dallas. One resident, Mrs. Cleo Patterson, said that when it hit the tornado sounded like a freight train. In Paris eight lives were lost, with hundreds treated for injury, and thousands made homeless. A curfew was imposed on the city and police and National Guardsmen were out on patrol to prevent looting. As rescue officials began the search for missing people, they had to be careful of ruptured gas pipelines.