Tornadoes Slam 5-State Area, Killing Two; Outbreak Continues Today
Posted: 9:29 AM EDT on May 20, 2013
The Midwest U.S. is under the gun again today, as a potent storm system that spawned a preliminary count of 24 tornadoes in five states on Sunday reloads and prepares to dish out another afternoon and evening of atmospheric mayhem. Sunday's tornadoes swept through Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois, with Oklahoma bearing the brunt of the assault. The outbreak's only deadly tornado hit Shawnee, Oklahoma, killing one person.
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