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4 Killed As Tornadoes Rake Midwest States

February 29, 2012 by staff 

4 Killed As Tornadoes Rake Midwest States, At least four people were killed overnight as a line of tornadoes marched across the Midwest, hitting places like the tourist hub of Branson, Mo. Forecasters warned more twisters could strike the Tennessee Valley and southern Appalachians through Wednesday evening.

Three of the deaths occurred in Harrisburg, Ill., after a possible tornado swept through, destroying 35-40 homes, according to local TV station KFVS12. A hospital official later confirmed the deaths.

The fourth death happened when a suspected tornado hit a mobile home park in southwest Missouri, outside the town of Buffalo. Another 13 people at the trailer park were injured.

The rough weather also knocked out power to all of Buffalo’s 3,000 residents.

At least 8 people were injured when a suspected tornado ripped through Harveyville, Kan., on Tuesday night, NBC News reported. At least three of the injured are in critical condition, according to weather.com, and 40 percent of the town suffered damage.

NBC affiliate KSHB TV reported that an apartment complex and a church were among the damaged buildings in the town of about 250 people.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback issued a disaster declaration for the area.

Other hard-hit areas included Branson and Lebanon in Missouri.

In Branson, 32 people were treated at one hospital for injuries, mostly cuts and bruises. An apparent tornado there moved through downtown Branson, heavily damaging the city’s famous theaters and hopscotching up Highway 76, uprooting road signs and scattering debris.

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