At Least 37 Dead In Worst Tornado Outbreak Of The Year

More than 65 tornadoes hit the U.S., killing 37 people.

1. Updated — April 30, 11:15 p.m. ET:

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2. At least 65 tornadoes hit the U.S., according to estimates from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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3. In one of the few times in history, the U.S. was hit two days in a row with tornado deaths in the double digits, on Sunday and Monday.

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4. In all, 37 deaths in eight states were caused by the storms.

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5. The storm series impacted 16 states in some way, most in the South and the central area of the nation.

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6. Nearly 2 feet of rain fell in some areas.

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Pensacola, Fla., saw about 22 inches.

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7. On Monday, tornadoes struck Mississippi and Alabama causing widespread damage.

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Above Oscar Monagan, 70, holds his Rottweiler puppy, Sara, after a tornado destroyed his Crawford, Ala., home.

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8. On Sunday powerful storms ripped through parts of central Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Iowa.

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Arkansas saw the worst of the damage.

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9. In Alabama up to three deaths were reported from the massive storm system on Monday.

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10. One death includes University of Alabama student and swimmer, John Servati, 21, who was taking shelter in the basement of a home, when a wall collapsed on him.

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11. In Mississippi up to 12 people died as a series of tornadoes swept across the state.

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12. Several buildings were destroyed or damaged in Tupelo, Miss., when a twister hit that city on Monday.

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Constance Lambert embraces her dog after finding it alive when returning to her destroyed home in Tupelo, Miss.

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13. A twister possibly a mile wide was reported near Louisville, Miss. Officials reported at least nine dead in and around the area Monday.

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14. One woman died Monday when her car either hydroplaned or blew off a road during the storm in Verona, south of Tupelo, Miss., Lee County coroner Carolyn Gillentine Green said.

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15. Ruth Bennett, 53, died clutching the last child left at her day care center in Louisville, Miss., as a tornado wiped the building from the ground. A firefighter who came upon the body gently picked up the toddler, who was still alive.

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17. Altogether, Louisville, Miss., was one of the hardest hit ares with 45 people have been reported injured.

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18. On Monday there were two deaths reported in Lincoln County, Tenn.

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19. On Sunday at least one person was reportedly killed when a twister hit Quapaw in northeastern Oklahoma, Ottawa County sheriff’s dispatcher Colleen Thompson said. An additional six were injured.

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21. The north side of the town with a population of 900 people was hit hard and a fire station was destroyed, Emergency Management Director Joe Dan Morgan said.

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22. After hitting Quapaw, the twister continued northward into Kansas.

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Baxter Springs, Kan. was hit by a three-block-wide tornado Sunday, Cherokee County Emergency Manager Jason Allison said.

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25. A tornado was spotted on the ground north of Little Rock, Ark., and destroyed homes in the nearby communities of Mayflower and Vilonia.

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26. At least 15 people were killed in Arkansas, officials said.

Damage is “widespread” in Mayflower, Ark., and there are numerous reports of injuries, Matt DeCample, the governor’s spokesman, said.

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27. Residents dig through the rubble as search and rescue efforts continue Monday in Vilonia, Ark.

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28. This drone video shows the destruction from the tornado in Mayflower, Ark.

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29. Below a funnel cloud is seen northwest of Joplin, Mo. The Missouri Highway Patrol reported a tractor-trailer was blown onto its side on Interstate 70 about 30 miles east of Kansas City about 1 p.m. No one was injured.

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30. There have been additional reports of tornadoes making touchdowns in Iowa and Nebraska on Sunday.

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One person was reported dead in Iowa on Sunday.

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31. The nation’s first tornado-related death of 2014 occurred Sunday in North Carolina, when an 11-month-old boy died from injuries suffered when a twister sent the roof on his home crashing down on Friday.

The storm on Friday is not related to the series of storms happening in central states on Sunday.

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