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Tornado flips cars 90-degrees, kills at least 13 in Mexico

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Monday, May 25, 2015, 7:41 PM - At least 13 people are dead Monday after a powerful tornado hit Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, a city that shares a border with Del Rio, Texas.

At least 750 buildings are said to be destroyed and dramatic photos surfaced online showing cars leaning upright against buildings in the wake of the storm. Witnesses say a bus was flipped over as well.

At least 150 people have been taken to the hospital with injuries. Officials warning the injury and death tolls could rise.

According to the BBC, a baby who had been strapped into a child seat in a car is missing.

Image from the radar station at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas.

Mayor Evaristo Lenin Perez told reporter the majority of the people killed by the twister where outside when it touched down.

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He added it was the first time a tornado hit the city since it was founded a century ago.

The tornado hit at a time when people were getting ready to go to work. Resident Maria del Rosario Ramirez told local reporters at La Jornada the aftermath of the storm was "total chaos."

About seven blocks were impacted.

The severe weather threat will continue through the day on the U.S. side.

Tornado watches were issued for Texas and Oklahoma Monday afternoon following a weekend of fatal storms and severe flooding.

Large hail, damaging winds and heavy rain are in the forecast for the two states, along with a thunderstorm risk that could last into Tuesday.

Sources: YouTube | BBC | La Jornada | Weather Network US


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