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Rare tornado rips apart homes in Naranjo

June 5th, 2013 ( Though rare in Costa Rica, tornados do occur, as witnessed by residents of Calle Valverde in Naranjo de Alajuela yesterday afternoon.


In a matter of 30 minutes, a tornado swept through the community, tearing the roofs from homes, uprooting trees and power lines, and breaking windows.  At least 15 homes sustained damage.


Residents describe the sky as being as dark as night before the twister struck.


Several residents were injured from flying glass and debris, though no life-threatening injuries were reported.


The possessions of residents could be seen scattered on the ground, including appliances, computers, and televisions.


The tornado was accompanied by hail, according to the National Meteorological Institute (IMN).


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  • Andy Browne

    It’s too bad you had to amp up your story by using such a misleading picture as this stock photo tornado. SHAME ON YOU!

    • georgechapogas

      shame? oh please

  • Fernando Gerdano

    ha! good call, is that foto from the Wizard of Oz??

  • georgechapogas

    needs the oz music to go with it

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