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Tornadoes wreak havoc in US Midwest

Tornadoes wreak havoc in US Midwest
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12 people killed, over 100 injured Houston (PTI): Less than two weeks after a monster twister ripped through the city of Moore, the death toll from...

12 people killed, over 100 injured Houston (PTI): Less than two weeks after a monster twister ripped through the city of Moore, the death toll from tornadoes that struck Oklahoma and neighbouring states this weekend has jumped to 12, authorities said. Twelve people were killed and 104 were injured, in Friday night's tornadoes and the resultant flash floods. The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office announced nine fatalities, while authorities in Missouri said three people died as a result of flooding there in the aftermath of the storms. More deaths due to flooding is feared. The latest storms dumped up to 20 centimetres of rain on the Oklahoma City area, causing flash flooding that submerged parts of the sprawling metropolitan area that is home to more than 1.3 million people.
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The tornadoes struck during the Friday evening rush hour and many of those hurt or killed were on the roadways. The Oklahoma Highway patrol said a mother and her baby were killed while travelling on Interstate 40 highway, just west of Oklahoma City, when their car was picked up by the storm and they were sucked out of it. Seventeen tornadoes were reported in the Midwest, and more than 212,000 were without power across the region on Saturday morning. Severe storms also hit neighbouring Missouri, where governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency on Saturday, and were forecast to move into Illinois. The United States is hit by an average of 1,200 tornadoes per year. They are particularly prominent in the Great Plains states of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
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