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First deadly tornadoes of the season

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - What was an unusually quiet start to tornado season in the United States came to an abrupt halt on Sunday April 27th as a major severe weather outbreak produced more than 30 tornadoes across 8 states.

Several of those tornadoes were long track twisters that stayed on the ground for dozens of miles. Notable towns in the path of these tornadoes include Quapaw, Oklahoma where one person was killed and many homes and business were destroyed or damaged. Baxter Springs, Kansas also suffered major damage and dozens of injuries.

Hardest hit were the communities of Mayflower and Vilonia in the suburbs of Little Rock, Arkansas. That is where a ½ mile wide tornado carved a devastating 80 mile path through the countryside. 16 people were killed in Arkansas with hundreds of homes, businesses and government offices destroyed.

A moderate risk of severe weather was issued for parts of the Midwest on Sunday with a rare “High” risk placed over the entire state of Arkansas.

More tornadoes are possible Monday across parts of the Tennessee Valley and the Deep South. Much of the state of Illinois south of I-80 is also included in a slight risk for large hail and isolated tornadoes.

To see a home video of the Mayflower tornado click on this link: on.fb.me/1fjKyK2

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