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A Week of Tornadoes

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Over the past week, dozens of tornadoes have touched down in the plains states, from Texas to Illinois, and more turbulent weather is expected. Late last week, 16 twisters tore through parts of north Texas, killing at least six people. Over the weekend, more tornadoes in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa caused damage, injuries and another two deaths. The National Weather Service forecasts extreme weather throughout the same areas today, bringing hail, lightning, and still further extreme weather. [25 photos]

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Lightning from a tornadic thunderstorm passing over Clearwater, Kansas strikes in an open field, on May 19, 2013. A massive storm front swept north through the central United States on Sunday, hammering the region with fist-sized hail, blinding rain and tornadoes, including a half-mile wide twister that struck near Oklahoma City. (Reuters/Gene Blevins)
Lightning from a tornadic thunderstorm passing over Clearwater, Kansas strikes in an open field, on May 19, 2013. A massive storm front swept north through the central United States on Sunday, hammering the region with fist-sized hail, blinding rain and tornadoes, including a half-mile wide twister that struck near Oklahoma City. (Reuters/Gene Blevins)
A tornado near a home in South Haven, Kansas, on May 19, 2013. (Reuters/Gene Blevins) #
A flag flies in the debris of a mobile home after a tornado struck a mobile home park near Dale, Oklahoma, on May 19, 2013. (AP Photo Sue Ogrocki) #
A damaged mobile home, amid the debris after a tornado swept through Shawnee, in Oklahoma, on May 19, 2013. (Reuters/Gene Blevins) #
Seven-year-old Katrina Ash, left, watches with her mother, Amber Ash, right, as heavy equipment is brought into their tornado damaged neighborhood near Dale, Oklahoma, on May 19, 2013. Residents are not being allowed into the neighborhood as search and rescue operations continue. (AP Photo Sue Ogrocki) #
Emergency personnel look through debris near Granbury, Texas on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry) #
An aerial view shows the damage after tornadoes swept through Hood County, Texas, on May 16, 2013. (Reuters/Brandon Wade) #
A door, impaled on a tree after a tornado, near Granbury, Texas, on May 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry) #
Rescue workers comb through debris after tornadoes swept through the town of Granbury, Texas late May 15, 2013. (Reuters/Richard Rodriguez) #
A tornado near Viola, Kansas, on May 19, 2013. (Reuters/Gene Blevins) #
A damaged house, after tornadoes swept through Hood County, Texas, on May 16, 2013. (Reuters/Brandon Wade) #
Leah Hill (left), of Shawnee, Oklahoma, is hugged by friend Sidney Sizemore, as they look through Hill's scattered belongings from her home which was destroyed by a tornado, west of Shawnee, on May 19, 2013. (Reuters/Bill Waugh) #
Houses in a neighborhood, left flattened by a tornado in Granbury, Texas, on May 16, 2013. (Reuters/Brandon Wade) #
A tornadic thunderstorm passes over Clearwater, in Kansas, on May 19, 2013. (Reuters/Gene Blevins) #
A police officer looks through debris near Granbury, Texas, on May 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry) #
A stop sign was knocked to the ground after a tornado passed through the area in Granbury, Texas, on May 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry) #
A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) mobile Doppler radar mounted on the back of a truck tracks a tornadic thunderstorm passing over Clearwater, in Kansas, on May 19, 2013. (Reuters/Gene Blevins) #
A car lies upside down after a tornado passed through, near Granbury, Texas, on May 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry) #
A storm chaser gets close to a tornadic thunderstorm, one of several tornadoes that touched down in Kansas, on May 19, 2013. (Reuters/Gene Blevins) #
Lisa Montgomery looks around the living room of her home that was destroyed by a tornado in Cleburne, Texas, on May 16, 2013. Ms. Montgomery rode out the twister the night before in her bathtub with her 10-year-old son and is salvaging items with friends and family helping. (AP Photo/LM Otero) #
A rescue worker combs through debris May 16 after tornadoes swept through the town of Granbury, Texas, on May 15, 2013. (Reuters/Richard Rodriguez) #
Tornado debris surrounds a truck near Granbury, Texas, on May 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry) #
Storm chasers get close to a tornadic thunderstorm in South Haven, Kansas, on May 19, 2013. (Reuters/Gene Blevins) #
A semi-tractor trailer (top) rests on its side against the guard rails on Interstate 40 as another trailer lies broken open on the road below after falling from I-40, following a tornado strike near Highway 177 north of Shawnee, Oklahoma, on May 19, 2013. (Reuters/Bill Waugh) #
The funnel of a tornadic thunderstorm almost touches the ground near South Haven, Kansas, on May 19, 2013. (Reuters/Gene Blevins) #

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