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At least 10 killed as powerful tornadoes tear across southern US

Published on Apr 28, 2014 1:41 PM
Low level thunder storms supercells pass over the area of Bearden, Arkansas on April 24, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS  

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Powerful tornadoes tearing across the southern United States have killed at least 10 people, emergency officials in the states of Arkansas and Oklahoma reported late on Sunday.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management said there were eight storm-related fatalities, while an official with the Oklahoma Emergency Management Agency said there were at least two tornado victims in the state.

Local emergency crews were combing through the debris in some of the hardest-hit towns as forecasters warned that more twisters were on their way.

"It's chaos right now," the mayor of the Arkansas town of Velonia, James Firestone, told CNN. The downtown area "seems like it's completely levelled", he added. "There's a few buildings partially standing, gas lines spewing. Fire lines down. We've had some casualties."

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