'At least 34 dead' after tornadoes rip through US

A succession of powerful storms tearing across the southern states of America are now known to have killed at least 34 people. The storms have wreaked havoc in heavily populated areas, with the states of Arkansas and Mississippi hardest hit.

Search and rescue turns to clean up after US tornadoes

A worker at Mayflower RV retrieves wheels from a trailer destroyed in Mayflower, Arkansas.
A worker at Mayflower RV retrieves wheels from a trailer destroyed in Mayflower, Arkansas. Credit: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Search-and-rescue efforts have turned to a cleanup operation are underway after a string of tornadoes ripped across large parts of central and southern United States, leaving at least 34 people dead.

Theresa Long inside her destroyed house in Mayflower, Arkansas.
Theresa Long inside her destroyed house in Mayflower, Arkansas. Credit: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Emergency recovery clear-up crews and volunteers have been working to clear mass piles of debris scattered across affected regions as the disaster has left many residents with no possessions.

At least 34 dead after tornadoes hit the south of US

At least 34 people were killed in tornadoes in the south of America over the past three days.

The hardest of the six states hit were Arkansas and Mississippi, with over 27 storm related deaths accounted for and more than 200 people injured.

Deaths were also reported in Oklahoma and Iowa on Sunday, and Alabama and Tennessee on Monday.

Shane and wife Alexis Cauthen of The Valley Church hug after they were cleaning up what was their chapel in Vilonia. Credit: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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'At least 28 people dead' after chain of tornadoes in US

At least 28 people are dead and tens of thousands without power after a storm system spawned a chain of tornadoes over three days across a large swath of the US, the Associated Press reported.

A US flag sticks out the window of a damaged hot rod car near near Vilonia, Arkansas.
A US flag sticks out the window of a damaged hot rod car near near Vilonia, Arkansas. Credit: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

The storms flattened homes and businesses and forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover.

Death toll 'rises to 26' as severe weather hits the US

The death toll has risen to at least 26 following two days of severe weather and tornadoes in the US, the Associated Press reported.

Lighting strikes from a storm in Columbus, Mississippi.
Lighting strikes from a storm in Columbus, Mississippi. Credit: REUTERS/Gene Blevins
Heavy rain pours like a waterfall during a tornado storm in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Heavy rain pours like a waterfall during a tornado storm in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Credit: REUTERS/Gene Blevins
A large tornado is seen crossing the town of Louisville, Mississippi.
A large tornado is seen crossing the town of Louisville, Mississippi. Credit: REUTERS/Gene Blevins

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Tornado tears through Elvis Presley's birthplace

A second day of deadly tornadoes has seen 21 people die across the southern and central US, including one person in Elvis Presley's birthplace in Mississippi.

The tornado ripped through the Mississippi town of Tupelo, birthplace of Elvis Presley. Credit: Reuters/Lauren Wood

The city of Tupelo, home to 35,000 people, suffered power outages and extensive damage to homes and businesses.

17 confirmed dead after tornado rips through US

The death toll from a major storm front that moved its way across the continental United States has risen to 17.

Several tornadoes struck the south-central US on Sunday, wiping out entire neighborhoods, authorities said as rescue workers searched in darkness for survivors.

Mayflower, Arkansas
Vehicles were overturned and houses ruined in the town of Mayflower, Arkansas. Credit: Reuters
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