Originally created 03/14/97

Police say tornado touches down in Columbus, no injuries reported



COLUMBUS, Ga. - Two tornadoes skipped across portions of Columbus Thursday, knocking down trees and ripping off roofs in an area around the city's airport. No one was seriously hurt.

"There were no significant injuries related to it," said Lt. William Rawn of the Columbus police department's emergency response team.

Rawn said sirens warning of possible tornadoes in the area sounded at 4:55 p.m. and again at 5:20, with the touchdowns occurring about 10 minutes after each warning.

"It was kind of a brief encounter," Rawn said. "We have a lot of debris across the highway and there were a few fires, apparently from gas leaks. All of those are out now."

"It may have been two at one time, one that did most of the damage," Rawn said. "It was skipping in different places."