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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'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.