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Small Uruguayan city surveys damage after deadly tornado

  • A woman walks past the rubble after a tornado swept through Dolores, Uruguay, Saturday, April 16, 2016. The powerful tornado swept over the small city on Friday, ripping up houses, hurling cars into the air and killing and seriously injuring several people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

    A woman walks past the rubble after a tornado swept through Dolores, Uruguay, Saturday, April 16, 2016. The powerful tornado swept over the small city on Friday, ripping up houses, hurling cars into the air and killing and seriously injuring several people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)  (The Associated Press)

  • A car lays flipped over on the side of the road after a tornado swept through Dolores, Uruguay, Saturday, April 16, 2016. The powerful tornado swept over the small city on Friday, ripping up houses, hurling cars into the air and killing and seriously injuring several people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

    A car lays flipped over on the side of the road after a tornado swept through Dolores, Uruguay, Saturday, April 16, 2016. The powerful tornado swept over the small city on Friday, ripping up houses, hurling cars into the air and killing and seriously injuring several people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)  (The Associated Press)

  • A resident cries as he picks up his belongings after a tornado swept through Dolores, Uruguay, Saturday, April 16, 2016. The powerful tornado swept over the small city on Friday, ripping up houses, hurling cars into the air and killing and seriously injuring several people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

    A resident cries as he picks up his belongings after a tornado swept through Dolores, Uruguay, Saturday, April 16, 2016. The powerful tornado swept over the small city on Friday, ripping up houses, hurling cars into the air and killing and seriously injuring several people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)  (The Associated Press)

Residents of this small city in western Uruguay are sifting through the remains of their homes following a powerful tornado that razed buildings, hurled cars into the air and left four people dead and dozens more injured.

Uruguay's government declared a day of national mourning on Sunday for the deaths in Dolores, a city of 20,000 people about 165 miles (265 kilometers) west of Montevideo, and President Tabare Vazquez was expected to travel to the devastated city that day as well.

The tornado took the city by surprise on Friday afternoon, and officials say a good part of the population lost their homes. Two of the dead were reportedly hit by flying cars. The city was declared an emergency zone.