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Five Killed As 120 Twisters Strike MidWest
Five people have been killed after a tornado ripped through a small town in Oklahoma, where many residents were caught unaware because storm sirens failed to sound.
The tornado was one of some 120 twisters reported over the weekend so far in America's Midwest.
Woodward, in the northwest of Oklahoma, was badly damaged in the twister, which struck after midnight, local time.
Reports said two children were among the dead, and one person injured in the storm is believed to be in a critical condition.
The town's mayor, Roscoe Hill, said the tornado hit a mixed area of homes and businesses.
He added it appeared that sirens to warn people of the approaching danger had not worked - even though they had been sounding loudly from storms on Saturday afternoon.
"We had a little tornado earlier... and they blew all the sirens. When this one came in, our sirens weren't working," Mr Hill said.
The National Weather Service (NWS) said there had been some 120 tornado sightings in four US states - Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.
Most were recorded in Kansas, where almost 100 twisters were spotted - including a half-mile-wide tornado close to Wichita.
While no injuries or deaths were reported in the town, an Air Force base and a mobile home park were badly damaged.
In the state's central-north, a tornado touched down near Tipton, taking tin off a building.
Elsewhere in Oklahoma, one twister hit Mustang, a suburb of Oklahoma City, before dawn.
There was major roof damage to at least one home, while trees, power lines and fences were down.
Tornadoes also briefly struck on Saturday afternoon in Nebraska's Nuckolls County and Thayer County, but no major damage was immediately reported.
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when i saw the headline "Twister Kills Two people" i thought to myself ... must have been some party !
I have a photograph of a very insignificant size tornado from the sea which shredded its way along a path of destruction through some metal shop buildings in Cyprus in 1979. It almost went through a lot of houses. The tornado was virtually unnoticeable and whispy, YET, the evening sky suddenly went absolutely dark. I said, "Should it be this dark so early?" Everyone suddenly noticed. It went icey cold then massive hail stones hit the patio, then there was an intense wind, then the darkness disappeared and it became daylight for a while. It shredded the metal roof of a shop, ripped a tree out of the ground and left a path. That was an "insignificant" tornado effect.
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wow, cant believe how heartless you lot are.
Totally agree Tina.
God, the UK is full of some really sick individuals
they should have stuck with monopoly.