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Early season tornado outbreak

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Residents work to gather their belongings March 5, in Harrison, Tenn., after an F-3 Tornado touched down in the waterfront Chattanooga, Tenn., suburb on March 2.

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Brack Hensley checks donation items at Morgan Central Elementary School in West Liberty, Ky. on March 5. Forecasters say the tornado that hit West Liberty last Friday was on the ground for about 60 continuous miles in eastern Kentucky.

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Dakota Keeton, 3, takes a rest on a temporary bed at Morgan Central Elementary School as Red Cross provides the shelter in West Liberty, Ky. on March 5. West Liberty was hit by a tornado packing winds up to 140 mph last Friday.

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Rhonda Dixon clears out records and other items from the Morgan County Home Health Agency, on March 5, 2012 in West Liberty, Ky. The tornado that hit the town last Friday, tore off the roof and back walls to the clinic.

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Snow covers the remains of a demolished home in Marysville, Ind., on Monday, March 5.

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Henryville, Ind., also saw snow on March 5 that slowed cleanup efforts.

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Darrell Osman, left, Carolyn Osman, Casey McDonald, Jennifer Osman and Brad Reed attend a worship service for the tornado-ravaged community of Harrisburg, Ill., on March 4. The town was hit by the first round of twisters the previous week. Six people died there, including Darrell Osman's mother.

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Lori Hall searches for items to salvage from the home of her aunt and uncle after it was destroyed in Henryville, Ind.

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Danielle Madden reacts on March 4 after seeing her friend's tornado-hit home in Moscow, Ohio.

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Firefighters in Holton, Ind., pray at a tornado service on March 4. The service was held at the Methodist Church, the only one in town still intact.

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A young girl sits in front of donations for tornado victims at St. Francis Catholic Church in Henryville, Ind., on March 4.

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Philip Whitley stands in front of a damaged church in Salyersville, Ky., on March 4.

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Jamal Stevens, 7, is seen with his cousins Devon and Miriah Bennett at his grandparent's home in Charlotte, N.C., on March 4, two days after he was snatched from his bed and thrown 350 feet onto the embankment of an interstate as a tornado ripped through his family's home. Stevens suffered only minor injuries.

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Debris is seen from the home in Charlotte, N.C., from which Jamal Stevens, 7, was sucked out by a tornado.

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A U.S. flag hangs in front of a destroyed home in Henryville, Ind., on March 4.

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Kevin Bridges collects belongings from what's left of his childhood home in Henryville, Ind., on March 4.

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Debris clings to tree branches on March 4 in front of a home damaged by a tornado in West Liberty, Ky.

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People carry supplies past a church damaged by a tornado in West Liberty, Ky., on March 4.

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Buildings damaged by a tornado are seen in West Liberty, Ky., on March 4.

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Janine Stauffacher, left, comforts her sister, Mary Ann Holt, on Saturday, March 3, after she survived in the closet of her home in Holton, Ind., when a twister touched down a day earlier.

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Janine Stauffacher on March 3 helps salvage what she can from the destroyed home of her sister, Mary Ann Holt, in Holton.

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Mike Reilmann and his son Mike on March 3 inspect the home of his mother after it was hit by the tornado in Holton.

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Homes lie destroyed along the Ohio River in Moscow, Ohio, on March after a tornado hit the town Friday, narrowly missing the Zimmer power station shown at top.

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Wayne Jones on March 3 salvages belongings after his home in Henryville, Ind., was destroyed.

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The storms that spawned tornadoes also produced severe winds that flipped these aircraft at Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport in Dallas, Ga.

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Storm damage was also evident on March 3 in Charlotte, N.C.

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People collect some of their belongings in shopping carts after a tornado swept through Henryville, Ind., on Friday, March 2.

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A man inspects the damage at a home in Henryville on March 2.

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A tornado destroyed most of the Henryville elementary, middle and high school complex on March 2.

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A school bus is crushed into a business in Henryville, Ind. on March 2.

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A tornado left a path of destruction as it passed on March 2 in Athens, Ala.

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Lisa Copeland, right, and Kacie Rose carry a dog to a safe place before a second round of storms approaches on Friday in Ooltewah, Tenn. Powerful storms stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes flattened buildings in several states, wrecked two Indiana towns and bred anxiety across a wide swath of the country in the second powerful tornado outbreak this week.

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A family walks by damaged buildings that lay in ruin after a tornado touched near Henryville, Ind. on March 2.

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Jerry Vonderhaar, left, comforts Charles Kellogg after severe weather hit the Eagle Point subdivision in Limestone County, Ala. on Friday. A reported tornado destroyed several houses in northern Alabama as storms threatened more twisters across the region.

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Don Benton sorts through items at his home at the corner of Snow Hill Road and White Cypress Trail on Friday in Ooltewah, Tenn.

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Blaine Lawson, 76, stands inside his house after a reported tornado tore the roof off his home on Friday in Cleveland, Tenn. Neither he nor his wife were injured.

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Debris litters the front of the Henryville Middle School which received extensive damage from storms that rolled through the area on Friday.

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Two of many large pieces of hail that fell on Friday in Henryville, Indiana.

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Hailstones, some as large as baseballs, litter the ground in front of a destroyed home following severe storms Friday in Henryville, Ind. Tornadoes ripped across several small southern Indiana towns on Friday, killing at least three people and leaving behind miles of flattened devastation along the border with Kentucky.

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Tina Wellham takes her children to the basement of the New Bethel Baptist Church as a tornado warning sounds on Friday near Fredonia, Kentucky. Tornados have been spotted throughout the Midwest today.

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Police, rescue workers, and other local media gather in a storm shelter to ride out another threatening storm as it approaches areas already damaged by an earlier tornado on Friday in Athens, Ala. Powerful storms stretching from the U.S. Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes in the north wrecked two small towns, killed at least three people and bred anxiety across a wide swath of the country on Friday, in the second deadly tornado outbreak this week.

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Ceola Dejean,Tony Hernandez and Angela Franklin look for photos in Dejean's damage home on Friday in Meridianville, Ala. Reported tornadoes destroyed several houses and hit a maximum security prison in northern Alabama as bad weather threatened more twisters across the region Friday, two days after a storm system killed 13 people in the Midwest and South.

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Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in East Limestone, Ala., on March 2.

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Tornado photographed in Palmyra, Ind. on Friday.

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A power pole blown over by a tornado in New Market, Ala., on Friday. A swarm of tornadoes slammed the U.S. midsection on Friday from Indiana to Alabama, splintering homes, damaging a prison, overturning trucks and causing some injuries in the storm-tossed region. Seven people were hurt by a suspected twister in northern Alabama and multiple tornadoes hit along the Ohio River valley and caused extensive damage in at least one county in Indiana.

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Several homes in Athens, Ala., have their roofs damaged or blown off on March 2. A reported tornado destroyed several homes in northern Alabama as storms threatened to spawn more twisters across the region.

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Cheerleaders, fans and officials gather in the basement of the Municipal Auditorium after the stadium was cleared because of a tornado warning during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game between Tennessee Tech and Eastern Illinois at the Ohio Valley Conference tournament on Friday in Nashville, Tenn.

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Steven Curet talks to family members and describes the damage after severe weather hit Huntsville, Ala., on March 2.

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A 18-wheeler is flipped on its side in Harvest, Ala., after severe weather swept through the area on March 2.

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