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Photos: Deadly tornadoes tear through central US

Powerful storms killed at least two people in the central United States on Tuesday as over 20 reports of tornadoes poured in throughout the day.

According to the National Weather Service, nearly 300 preliminary severe weather reports filed in from Wisconsin to Texas, spanning Tuesday afternoon to early Wednesday morning.

The tornadoes turned deadly as they swept through areas including Elk City, Oklahoma and Chetek, Wisconsin. In Chetek, at least one person died after a tornado flattened a mobile home park. Another person was killed in Elk City, where a tornado destroyed at least 40 homes, according to the Associated Press.

Damaging wind gusts between 60 and 70 mph caused extensive tree and power line damage and left thousands without power. Hail as large as baseballs was reported in Kansas.

The thunderstorms unleashed torrential rainfall between 1 to 3 inches, which triggered flash flooding in parts of Kansas and Oklahoma.

The weather will not cooperate for cleanup operations as more rounds of severe weather are in store across the Central states into Friday.


North of Englewood, Kansas before the storm. (Image via Mike Smith, AccuWeather Meteorologist and Enterprise Solutions Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Executive)


Funnel cloud before the tornado touched down southwest of McLean, Texas. (Image via Reed Timmer)

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This photo provided by Stacey Valdez shows hail Valdez took in Sayre, Okla., Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (Stacey Valdez via AP)