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Deadly tornadoes kill dozens in US

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Deadly tornadoes kill dozens in US


Authorities have been counting the cost of three days of severe storms and tornadoes in the southern United States. At least 43 people died, scores were injured and hundreds of homes destroyed.

Bearing the brunt were North Carolina and Virginia, where governors declared a state of emergency.

The storms brought down trees and power lines – at one point more than 200,000 people had their electricity cut off.

They began in Oklahoma on Thursday then moved through the South and hit the East coast by Saturday. Around 240 tornadoes were reported.

One resident said she was used to tornadoes being 100 to 200 metres wide, this time it was different, one of them must have been a full kilometre wide.

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