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At Least 37 Dead In Worst Tornado Outbreak Of The Year

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

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Updated — April 30, 11:15 p.m. ET:

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.

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

Tornado seen in Limestone Co., Alabama earlier this evening, via @simpsonwhnt

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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.

UA Athletics extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of John Servati.

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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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

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

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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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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.

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.

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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