Tornadoes: Saragosa Is No More

Saragosa Is No More

More than half of the 180 residents of Saragosa, a tiny farm town in West Texas, were in the community hall Friday night attending a graduation ceremony for preschool children enrolled in a Government Head Start program. About 8 p.m., some heard a whistling sound. "Someone yelled a tornado was coming, and parents started grabbing their kids from the stage," recalls Elodia Garcia, 26. A number shoved their children under tables and benches.

For many, it was already too late. The twister demolished not only the community hall but virtually every other building in Saragosa. At least 28 people were killed...