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Storms in Arkansas claim seven lives
Tue, 26 Apr 2011 11:56:36 GMT
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Heavy storms and tornadoes have ripped through southern and central states of the US, leaving at least seven people dead and forcing many others to flee from the flooding.

Two people were announced dead after the tornado hit the central Arkansas town of Vilonia on Monday, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

Three others were killed northwest of Arkansas after floodwaters swept their cars off the road in Madison and Washington Counties. Authorities later reported the death of two more people in the tornadoes.

In the state of Missouri, tornadoes forced more than 1,000 residents to evacuate the region.

Severe storms followed by heavy rains have hit parts of the US for weeks, affecting an area from northeast Texas to Kentucky.

Powerful tornadoes in several US states claimed over 40 lives earlier this month. Overall, more than 200 twisters were reported in 14 states.

Storms kill an average of 70 people in the US every year, reports say. The deadliest recorded tornadoes in America happened in 1974 when 300 people were killed.

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