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Monday, May 23, 2011

At Least 89 Killed As Tornadoes Batter US - 23rd May 2011

Tornadoes have ripped through parts of the US Midwest killing at least 89 people in a town in the state of Missouri.

The twister flattened large parts of Joplin, which has a population of 50,000 people, late on Sunday afternoon.

"We have heard up into the over-100 (range), but ... I don't think anyone has a good count right now," said Newton County Coroner Mark Bridges of the deaths.

He added that 11 bodies had been recovered from just one location.

The winds also caused one death in Minneapolis and injured 30 others.

Local reporter Jeff Lehr said he was upstairs in his home when the storm hit but was able to make his way to a basement cupboard.

"There was a loud huffing noise, my windows started popping. I had to get downstairs, glass was flying. I opened a closet and pulled myself into it," he said.

"Then you could hear everything go. It tore the roof off my house, everybody's house. I came outside and there was nothing left."

President Barack Obama sent his "deepest condolences" to the victims.

The US has experienced severe storms in recent months and more than 330 people were killed as tornadoes swept through seven states in April.

There have also been severe floods which has ruined properties and destroyed thousands of acres of farmland. Read More