Arizona sets record with 8 tornadoes in single day

Arizona sets record with 8 tornadoes in single day

Arizona sets record with 8 tornadoes in single day

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Associated Press

Posted on October 14, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 14 at 8:00 PM

BELLEMONT, Ariz. (AP) — Weather forecasters say eight tornadoes hit Arizona last week, setting a state record for the most twisters in a day.

The first struck around 2 a.m. on Oct. 6 near Blue Ridge. The last was seen just after noon in Munds Park. Baseball-sized hail was reported in some areas.

The most severe damage was in Bellemont, just west of Flagstaff, where tornadoes splintered homes, smashed windows and twisted garage doors.

No major injuries were reported.

The Ponderosa Fire Station in Bellemont is holding a pancake breakfast on Saturday to help those affected by the tornadoes.

Meteorologists say Arizona typically has four tornadoes a year but rarely if ever sees twisters come in clusters and cause the kind of damage seen last week.

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