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Tornado system that killed 16 heads toward US Southeast

Published on Apr 29, 2014 5:01 AM

VILONIA (REUTERS) - A ferocious storm system threatened tens of millions of people across the US Southeast on Monday, a day after it spawned a series of tornadoes that killed 16 people, injured more than 100 and tossed cars around like toys in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Rescue workers, volunteers and victims have been sifting through the rubble in the hardest-hit state of Arkansas, looking for survivors in central Faulkner County where a tornado reduced homes to splinters, snapped power lines and mangled countless trees.

The National Weather Service said there was a tornado risk for Mississippi, Alabama and western Georgia as the storm system that produced the twisters headed east toward the Mid-Atlantic states.

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe said at least 14 people died in the state in the storm authorities said produced the first fatalities of this year's US tornado season. He previously told a news conference 16 had been killed but later said there was a mistake in calculation.

A home lies in ruins after a tornado yesterday tore through the area for the second time in three years, on April 28, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas. -- PHOTO: AFP
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