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Powerful tornadoes kill at least 10 in US:Breaking News 28 April 2014



Powerful tornadoes kill at least 10 in US:Breaking News 28 April 2014

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Powerful tornados tearing across the southern and southwestern United States have killed at least 10 people, emergency officials in the states of Arkansas and Oklahoma reported late on Sunday.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management reported eight storm-related fatalities, while an official with the Oklahoma Emergency Management Agency said there were at least two tornado victims in their state.
A powerful storm system rumbled through the central and southern United States on Sunday, spawning several tornadoes, including one that killed two people in a small northeastern Oklahoma city and another that carved a path of destruction through several northern suburbs of Little Rock, Ark.
The tornado that killed two people in Quapaw, which is near Oklahoma’s borders with Kansas and Missouri, struck the city at around 5:30 p.m., Ottawa County sheriff’s dispatcher Colleen Thompson said.
Ottawa County Emergency Management director Joe Dan Morgan said Quapaw, which has about 900 residents, was heavily damaged by the tornado.
“Looks like about half of town got extensive damage as well as the fire department,” Morgan said.
After hitting Quapaw, the twister continued northward into Kansas and struck Baxter Springs, about 5 miles away, said Morgan, whose staff was still assessing the extent of the damage in Quapaw.
Cherokee County, Kan., sheriff’s dispatcher Josh Harvey said the tornado that hit Baxter Springs injured several people and caused extensive damage, but that no deaths had been reported. He said first responders were going from house to house checking on the wellbeing of the community’s roughly 4,200 residents.
That twister was one of several that struck Sunday in a large swath of the Plains, Midwest and South affected by the storm system. Tornadoes also touched down in Arkansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. Tornado warnings, which indicate the greatest threat of a strike, were also in effect for parts of northeastern Texas and western Tennessee as of 7:30 p.m. CDT.
A large tornado formed about 10 miles west of Little Rock, Ark., Sunday night and stayed on the ground as it moved northeastward for at least 30 miles, carving a destructive path through several suburbs. Although there were no immediate reports of injuries, television footage showed badly damaged buildings and vehicles, and trees that had been stripped bare of their leaves and smaller branches.
Some of the worst damage appeared to be in the city of Mayflower, and authorities issued tornado emergencies for the nearby communities of Maumelle, Morgan, Saltillo and Vilonia.
One of Sunday’s twisters touched down northwest of Joplin, Mo., where a massive tornado in May 2011 killed 161 people, injured many others and leveled a large swath of the city. Sunday’s twister didn’t hit Joplin.
Forecasters also asked people to be alert Sunday for possible tornadoes in a wide swath of the Midwest and south, stretching from Omaha, Neb., south to Texas and east to northern Louisiana and Mississippi.
“The greatest risk for a few intense tornadoes will exist across much of Arkansas perhaps into western and central Missouri,” a weather service advisory said.

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