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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.

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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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