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Tornadoes Leave Path Of Destruction In Plains States

Tornadoes damaged buildings in both Oklahoma and Kansas Saturday. Images from the region also showed areas flooded by heavy rain.

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Tornadoes tore through Oklahoma and Kansas Saturday, destroying buildings and toppling part of a train.

Reports of damage began coming in late Saturday afternoon from Olpe, Kansas, about halfway between Wichita and Kansas City. Photos posted by the Lyon County Sheriff's Department showed multiple buildings had been blown over.

According to NBC News, a total of at least 19 tornadoes touched down Saturday across the Great Plains and Midwest.

Tornado storm damage north of Olpe, KS. #KSWX

Road 100 and Road R area of Lyon County. #KSWX Multiple barns down throughout LY Co. Houses damaged and trees down.

Despite the damage, a sheriff's dispatcher in Lyon County, Kansas, told BuzzFeed News that no one was injured or killed in the storms.

Other affected areas also did not see injuries or fatalities, NBC News reported.

The sheriff's department also tweeted that 34 freight cars were blown over in the storm. Authorities could not initially approach the cars due to the potential of hazardous materials.

Train was stopped and blown over due to the storm. Located in the area of Road 160 and Road V. #KSWX

34 cars on BNSF on their side at Rd150 and V. Determining if any haz-mat involved. Cars blew over by storm.

Picture sent from Matt Fowler of the train derailment in Lyon Co. #KWCH12

Tornadoes later damaged buildings in Elmer, about 150 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.

Much of the region saw tornado warnings Saturday, and images showed streets flooded by heavy rainfall.

According to KWCH, the storms damaged roads and dumped 3.5 inches of rain on Wichita.

South Bleckley St. in Wichita. #kswx @ChadECowan @WynnHukle my old street

Street flooding in Kingfisher. Along HWY 81 & 33. @NWSNorman @kfor

Video also showed what appeared to be a tornado in Minnesota.

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Jim Dalrymple is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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