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11:47 am
Wed May 23, 2012

In Central U.S., Fears Storms Will Continue

Oklahoma Task Force One search-and-rescue members (from left) Jim Winham, Nick Swainston and Kevin Mann search through debris for victims Tuesday in Joplin, Mo.
Jeff Roberson AP

More than a dozen people died after violent storms swept across Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas, unleashing tornadoes and high winds just days after a massive twister razed much of a Missouri city.

In Oklahoma, hardest hit by the storms that struck Tuesday night and early Wednesday, officials said nine people, including a child, were killed when several twisters touched down in Oklahoma City and its suburbs. At least 70 other people were in critical condition.

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