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Tornadoes Rip Through Plains

Tornadoes ripped through the south-central United States on Sunday, killing at least 12 people.

A tornado touches down in Baxter Springs, Kansas, on Sunday April 27, 2014.

Tornadoes ripped through the south-central United States on Sunday, killing at least 12 people in Arkansas and Oklahoma and wiping out entire neighborhoods of homes, according to officials, as rescue workers searched in darkness for survivors.

A K-9 rescue unit walks along Military Street in Baxter Springs, Kan., on April 27, as they survey the damage from a tornado.

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A videographer documents damage after a tornado hit the town of Mayflower, Arkansas late April 27.

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Residents view damage from a Sunday night tornado in Baxter Springs, Kan., on April 28. The tornado left a trail of shattered homes, twisted metal and hanging power lines.

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The remains of a home damaged by a tornado Sunday evening stands in Baxter Springs, Kan., on April 28.

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A row of lightly damages houses face destroyed homes in Vilonia, Ark., on April 28, after a tornado struck the town late Sunday, killing at least 16 people.

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A resident walks under damaged power lines after a tornado in Baxter Springs, Kan., on April 28.

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A tornado left a destructive path through Quapaw, Okla., on April 28.

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People walk between two destroyed houses in Mayflower, Ark., on April 28, after a tornado struck the town late Sunday.

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Two men stand in front of a destroyed house in Mayflower, Ark., April 28.

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Homes and businesses are wrecked in downton Vilonia, Ark., April 28.

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A home damaged by a tornado stands without a roof in Baxter Springs, Kan., on April 28.

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A Highway Police car patrols a neighborhood in Mayflower, Ark., on April 28.

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An SUV is covered by debris from a tornado in Baxter Springs, Kan., April 28.

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A home is covered by debris from a tornado in Baxter Springs, Kan., on April 28.

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A concrete slab and rubble are all that is left of a home in Vilonia, Ark., on April 28.

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