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Oct 6, 2010 3:36 PM by Associated Press

Arizona tornadoes derail train, smash homes

The National Weather Service says two tornadoes touched down in northern Arizona, west of Flagstaff.

The first hit Bellemont around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday and the second touched down east of the small community a short time later. The tornadoes smashed windows and ripped siding off homes. A parked freight train was also hit, mangling 28 cars.

The severe weather is expected to continue through Wednesday, and comes a day after storms swept across the western U.S., dropping record-setting rain in northern Nevada, pounding Phoenix with hail, and dumping enough snow at the top of the Sierra to close a mountain highway pass.

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