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9 People Killed in Severe Storms in Texas, Mexico


At least six people died in a massive storm that tore through a small town near the U.S.-Mexico border late Tuesday.

A tornado struck the town of Eagle Pass in the southwestern U.S. state of Texas, located about 240 kilometers southwest of San Antonio.

Officials say at least four of the fatalities were in a mobile home that was blown into a nearby elementary school. Scores of people were injured, and several houses also were destroyed, as well as the town's water treatment plant.

The National Guard has been dispatched to Eagle Pass to assist in search and rescue efforts. Hundreds of people are being housed in emergency shelters.

Across the border in Mexico, three people were killed and at least 40 others injured when a tornado struck the town of Piedras Negras.

Forecasters say the tornadoes were part of a massive storm that dumped several centimeters of snow in Colorado and other parts of the western U.S.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.