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Residents Survey Tornado-Battered Towns in Texas

Severe storms and tornadoes that ripped through the South over the weekend have claimed more than a dozen lives with scores more injured.

In this picture taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle, traffic slows to a crawl on Interstate 20 as onlookers take notice of tornado damage on a business, in Canton, Texas on April 30, 2017.Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett said Sunday that at least four people were killed and 49 others were taken to hospitals after four tornadoes touched down in the eastern part of the state on Saturday afternoon and evening.

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Two women retrieve items for their neighbor on April 30  from the remains of their trailer home that was destroyed when a large tornado hit the area near Canton on Saturday.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the damage was "devastating" during a news conference with local officials Sunday afternoon.

"You saw homes and other buildings that were incompletely flattened, as well as others that were nothing more than rubble," he said, adding that he saw "large swath after large swath of devastation."

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Cars and damaged material are seen piled up at a local car dealership that was destroyed when a large tornado hit the area near Canton.The tornadoes touched down Saturday as severe storms ripped through parts of the South and Midwest, bringing heavy rain and flash flood warnings for a section stretching from eastern Oklahoma to western Kentucky and parts of Illinois.

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Kimberly Chandler stands by her destroyed truck and debris from her home in Canton.

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The Rustic Barn, an event hall, which suffered major tornado damage, is seen from an unmanned aerial vehicle in Canton.

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Kris Ingram, a DJ hired to perform at a prom at The Rustic Barn, looks through debris for his equipment on after the event venue sustained major tornado damage, in Canton. About 100 students and chaperones from Edgewood ISD were scheduled to have a prom at The Rustic Barn on Saturday. 

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Homeowners clean up debris after a tornado hit the town of Emory, Texas.

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Severely damaged homes are seen.

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A homeowner takes stock of the damage to his home on in Emory.

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Stephanie Quezada looks at the damage to the second floor of her father's church, Primera Iglesia Bautista, in Canton.

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Two women retrieve items for their neighbor from the remains of their trailer home that was destroyed when a large tornado hit the area near Canton.

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Kyle Allen walks on his parents' property looking for personal items in Canton.

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