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At least five dead in Oklahoma as tornadoes pound US plains
April 15, 2012 21:27

OKLAHOMA CITY - Rescue and clean-up efforts were underway across the Midwest on Sunday after dozens of tornadoes tore through the region, killing at least five people in Oklahoma, leaving thousands without power in Kansas and damaging up to 90 percent of the homes and buildings in one small Iowa town.

Storms skipped across what is often called "Tornado Alley" in the US Central and Southern Plains, but the high winds and dozens of tornadoes mostly struck rural areas, sparing the region from even worse damage.

The stormy weekend isn't over yet for the Midwest - there is a moderate risk of more "significant" tornadoes later Sunday afternoon from southeast Minnesota through a large part of Wisconsin and northeast Iowa, according to National Storm Prediction Center meteorologist Greg Dial.

Damaging thunderstorms are also predicted from Minnesota south to Texas into Sunday night, according to

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