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Twister Touches Down in Nevada, Storms Flood Colorado Streets

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A tornado struck in Hawthorne, Nevada, Friday evening, the National Weather Service said. At least four homes and five businesses suffered severe damage, NBC affiliate KRNV reported. There were no reports of injuries.

Parts of Colorado, including Denver, Colorado Springs, and Boulder, experienced flooding after heavy rainfall on Friday. Flash flood warnings and a tornado watch remained in effect overnight, according to the National Weather Service.

The state was already battered overnight Thursday by grapefruit-sized hail and seven reported tornadoes. At least 25 homes in Berthoud were hit and 12 were severely damaged, but the AP reported that the severe weather caused no injuries.

Meanwhile, communities in southwestern Arkansas and northwestern Louisiana were forced to evacuate Friday as a swelling river threatened to bring floods throughout the weekend.

The Red River, which runs through Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, had already risen to 35 feet in Shreveport, Louisiana, on Friday afternoon, which is five feet above flood stage, according to the National Weather Service.

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The Red River causes flooding in Caddo Parish, LousianaCaddo Parish Sheriff's Office / Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office

Officials anticipate the river will rise to 36.5 feet on Sunday, which is the highest level it's been in 70 years Gov. Bobby Jindal said in a statement. "The Governor stressed that this event is a marathon not a sprint, as flood levels will last longer than many would expect due to the water receding slowly," the statement said.

Residents north and southeast of Shreveport, in the parish of Caddo, were being asked to evacuate as the waters rose and spilled into neighborhoods, according to the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office.

Another 242 people in Garland City, in southwestern Arkansas, were also told to stay away from their homes Friday as the rising Red River threatened to break through a levee there, according to The Associated Press.

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