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11 die as storms hit US Midwest

At least 11 people died when a powerful storm system that produced multiple reports of tornadoes lashed the US Midwest.

The storms damaged the country music resort city of Branson and wrecked a small town in Kansas.

An apparent twister rolled through Branson, ripping roofs off hotels and damaging some of the city's famed music theatres dangerously close to the start of the tourism season. More than 30 people were reported hurt, mostly with cuts and bruises.

At least 10 people were killed in the southern Illinois city of Harrisburg after a storm swept through shortly before dawn.

In Missouri, one person was killed in a trailer park in the town of Buffalo, and at least three people were critically injured in a small eastern Kansas town.

The tornadoes were spawned by a powerful storm system that blew down from the Rockies and was headed across the Ohio and Tennessee river valleys toward the Mid-Atlantic region.

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