16 Apr '11, 11pm

17 dead as tornadoes rip across central US

17 dead as tornadoes rip across central US

CHICAGO - At least 17 people have been killed as a powerful storm whipped up tornadoes in its third day across parts of the southern, central and eastern United States, local media reported Saturday. One person was killed in Alabama's Marengo Country while six more died in Autauga and Washington Counties, MSNBC television reported. The storm toppled trees and power lines, tore roofs off houses and scattered tractor-trailers across highways. Two dozen tornadoes were reported in the southern states of Mississippi and Alabama on Friday, a day after 15 twisters struck in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas, the National Weather Service said. Many of Friday's deaths were in rural areas of Arkansas, where seven people were killed, and most of the damage was caused by falling trees. But the storm was powerful enough to lift a double-wide trailer into the air and toss it about 70 feet (21 ...

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