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Friday, April 15, 2011

Nine Dead After Severe Storms- Tornadoes Rake Oklahoma and Arkansas

Unlike the storm system that produced the EF-3 tornado that hit Mapleton Iowa 5 days earlier- an outbreak of severe thunderstorms with Category-2 hurricane winds and tornadoes from Thursday evening to Friday morning was a killer.

Two elderly women died in the town of Tushka- and more than 2 dozen people were injured when a large tornado struck that southeastern Oklahoma community Thursday evening- according to storm spotter- news media and ASSOCIATED PRESS reports.

YouTube videos show funnels dancing up and down in a cloudline as the storm bore down on the Tushka area right before dusk Thursday evening.

Other tornadoes in northeastern Oklahoma produced scattered damage- but no reports of injuries.

The storms then moved east into Arkansas- where in the darkness early Friday at least 7 more people died when storms blew down trees on the structures the victims were occupying.

More severe storms with tornadoes were expected throughout today in the Deep South- Mississippi east through Georgia.

A tornado- possibly muliple tornadoes- have caused damage in the Mississippi cities of Jackson and Clinton- but no immediate reports of injuries as of 11:30 a.m. Friday.

WLBT-3 is doing a live severe weather broadcast in Jackson MS..


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