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US storm system kills 21, tornado hits Mississippi city

Published on Apr 29, 2014 9:16 AM

TUPELO, Mississippi (Reuters) - On a second day of ferocious storms that have claimed at least 21 lives in the southern United States, a tornado tore through the Mississippi town of Tupelo on Monday, causing widespread destruction to homes and businesses, according to witnesses and local emergency officials.

At least one person was killed in the city of about 35,000 in the north-east of the state and the birthplace of Elvis Presley.

Most of the deaths from the violent storms occurred on Sunday when tornadoes tossed cars like toys in Arkansas and other states.

Monday's twister went through the north and west of Tupelo at about 3pm, damaging hundreds of homes and businesses, downing power lines and toppling trees, according to the National Weather Service. "It was real bad. We're trying to pull people out," Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre told Reuters, referring to emergency crews going house to house, searching damaged buildings.

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