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45 dead as tornadoes rip across US

Sudden blight of tornadoes leaves trail of destruction in seven US states

AFP , Sunday 17 Apr 2011
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At least 45 people have been killed as a powerful storm whipped up tornadoes in seven southern US states, NBC News reported Sunday.

The tornadoes left a trail of destruction in North Carolina on Saturday, levelling homes and businesses and knocking out power, the television network reported.

The storm toppled trees and power lines, tore roofs off houses and scattered tractor-trailers across highways.

In addition, 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.

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