Killer Tornadoes Tear Through South, Midwest

Source: AP / CBS News

Emergency officials were searching for survivors Monday in the debris left by a powerful tornado that carved an 80-mile path of destruction through suburban Little Rock, killing at least 14 people there and two elsewhere.

An earlier toll of 16 in Oklahoma was changed to 14 after it was clear that two victims were counted twice, Arkansas governor’s aide Matt DeCample said, though he still expects the overall death toll to rise.

The tornado that slammed into Vilonia, Arkansas, about 10 miles west of the state capital, on Sunday evening grew to about half a mile wide and was among a rash of tornadoes and heavy storms that rumbled across the center and south of the country overnight. The National Weather Service warned that more tornadoes, damaging winds and very large hail would strike in parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana on Monday.

The National Weather Service says 31 twisters have been reported since yesterday, and there is widespread damage in several states.

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