Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

13 die as violent storms hit US

A woman pauses as she picks through the rubble of her mother's home in Joplin after a large tornado struck (AP)
A woman moves a door as she looks through the rubble of her mother's home after a large tornado struck in Joplin (AP)

Violent storms that swept through the central US killed at least 13 people in three states.

They hit just days after a massive tornado devastated the Missouri city of Joplin and killed 122 people. The latest storms killed eight people in Oklahoma, two in Kansas and three more in Arkansas, before petering out.

Most of the Oklahoma deaths were in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

At least three people died as the storms bombarded Arkansas' Franklin and Johnson counties.

A rural fire station in Franklin County was left without a roof as emergency workers rushed to the wounded. Downed trees and power lines tossed across roadways also slowed search-and-rescue crews' efforts.

In Kansas, police said two people died when high winds threw a tree into their van near the small town of St. John, about 100 miles west of Wichita.

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