Residents are returning to try and salvage their possessions from the wreckage.

Tonight: Tornadoes - Deadly Force

Tonight visits Oklahoma as it begins to rebuild after Monday's devastating tornado to find out what causes the deadly storms.

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Storm chaser's video shows tornado sweep through city

Video footage captured a storm chaser shows the moment a tornado swept through the US city of Tupelo, Mississippi.

"It's getting really close", a woman can be heard saying before both she and fellow storm chaser Skip Talbot decide it is time to leave.

Video courtesy of Skip Talbot/KDR Media

"We've got to go right now", she adds before they pull away.

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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US tornado death toll 'rises to 12'

At least 12 people have been confirmed dead after a tornado ripped through the south-central United States on Sunday, according to officials

Rescue operations are underway after the tornado wiped out entire neighborhoods of homes, officials say.

TV footage showing houses ripped off their foundations
TV footage showed houses ripped off their foundations, with cars toppled on top of the rubble. Credit: CBS News

Aerial footage captures devastation after tornado

Aerial footage has shown the extent of the tornado damage in the town of Quapaw in the southern US state of Oklahoma.

Several tornadoes touched down as a major storm front moved its way across the continental United States.

One of the two people who has so far been reported dead was in Quapaw, while a second was near the city of Little Rock in the neighbouring state of Arkansas.

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