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30 Heartbreaking Photos From The Aftermath Of The Deadly Tornado Outbreak

Dozens of tornadoes slammed communities in the central and southern states, killing at least 30 people on Sunday and Monday.

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2. Vilonia was hit hard Sunday evening when a series of tornadoes ripped through several states in the central U.S., leaving up to 14 dead in a violent start to this year's storm season.

9. Sherry Lee (left) and her daughter-in-law Amanda Lee react after finding family photos among the ruins of Sherry Lee's home after a tornado struck Vilonia, Ark. Amanda Lee lost her brother Jeff Hunter in the storm.

13. In Vilonia, Raella Faulkner (left) and Bobby McElroy picked through their demolished home, searching for family photos and a bow-and-arrow kit belonging to McElroy's son.

AP Photo/Karen E. Segrave

"We were going to get married. Now I guess we'll have to wait," McElroy said.

21. Many homes in the South are built on concrete slabs, without basements because it's cheaper and easier, and the need to protect pipes from freezing by putting them below ground is not as great as in colder areas.

29. The National Weather Service posted tornado watches and warnings around Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia that were in effect through Monday night.

AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Brad Vest

Above Jodi Walls pushes a box of belongings out of a friends house while cleaning up after a large tornado made its way along Clayton Ave in Tupelo, Miss.

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

AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Brad Vest

Lambert was at an event away from her home when the tornado struck and rushed back to check on her pets.

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

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