17 Apr '11, 2pm

45 dead as tornadoes rip across US

45 dead as tornadoes rip across US

WASHINGTON : At least 45 people were dead after a powerful storm whipped up tornadoes in seven southern US states, media reported on Sunday. The tornadoes left a trail of destruction in North Carolina on Saturday, levelling homes and businesses and knocking out power, the NBC television network reported. The fast-moving storm toppled trees and power lines, tore roofs off houses and scattered tractor-trailers across highways. Some 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. Violent weather also hit Arkansas and Georgia on Friday, US news reports said. Particularly hard-hit was the North Carolina capital city of Raleigh, where dozens of homes destroyed. Officials also reported multiple fatalities and widespread power outages thro...

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