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Arizona Tornado 2010: Rare Twisters Hit Flagstaff Area (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 10/07/10 05:01 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:00 PM ET

At least four tornadoes swept through northern Arizona on Wednesday, causing extensive destruction (scroll down for photos).

The twisters are rare for the region and startled residents. Homes and cars were damaged, and various communities are still recovering from the storm, with a string of power outages today, per ABC-15.

"Running through the house, all the Kansas movies go through your head telling you: 'Move to the basement,'" one resident, Breanna Hunt, told the Associated Press. "But we don't have a basement."

The first of the series of tornadoes hit around 5:30 on Wednesday outside of Flagstaff, local media outlet KTAR reports. In a later tornado, 28 cars on a freight train were derailed.

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Train cargo containers are scattered on the ground after two tornadoes touched down in northern Arizona early Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, derailing 28 cars of a parked freight train, blowing semis off the highway and smashing out the windows of dozens of homes in Bellemont, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)
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Reuters has more photos of the damage here.