Tornado rips roofs from homes in Escazu neighborhood

May 1st, 2014 ( What authorities are calling a tornado struck the community of Bebedero in Escazu minutes after 2 p.m. yesterday afternoon, ripping roofs from homes, toppling trees and downing power lines.


At least seven homes were damaged.  The National Emergency Commission is expected to offer aid to the residents after a complete assessment of the damage.


Units of the Red Cross were called to assist some residents who suffered nervous breakdowns, though there were no immediate reports of serious injuries.


About an hour earlier, strong winds caused some minor damage in the El Carmen and Chaparral neighborhoods, also in Escazu.  One home was hit by a falling tree.


Though rare in Costa Rica, tornados do occasionally occur.  Last year, a tornado struck near Naranjo, Alajuela, damaging at least 15 homes and leaving several people injured from flying glass and debris.


A tornado also struck Golfito last year.

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