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'Catastrophic' storms leave trail of death, destruction in US Midwest, south

Firefighters carry a woman out of her condo after her complex was damaged by a tornado on Friday in Little Rock, Arkansas. (Photo by AP)

Several severe storms have swept through the Midwest and south in the US, killing at least four people and injuring dozens of others. 

In the southern state of Arkansas and neighboring towns, a massive tornado killed at least three people as it tore open walls from many buildings, flipped over vehicles and downed trees and power lines.

"This was actually an incredibly devastating tornado," one witness Lara Farrar told AFP. "I was basically in total shock because the neighborhood had been basically completely wiped out and destroyed," he said.  

"Significant damage has occurred in Central Arkansas," Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrote on Twitter.

According to, more than 78,000 people were without power across the state.

Several storms also spawned through the country’s midsection and Illinois, leaving one dead and millions of people under tornado watches from Texas to Wisconsin, Iowa and Mississippi and Michigan.

The turbulent catastrophe came in a week after a series of thunderstorms led to a deadly tornado which devastated the Mississippi town of Rolling Fork, and further extended its destruction towards 400 homes, killing 26 people.

In the US, tornadoes are a common disaster event, especially in the center and south of the country.

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