At least 21 people were killed after ferocious storms and tornadoes tore down buildings and causing mass destruction in the southern United States.
Hundreds others were injured.
Most of the deaths occurred on Sunday after tornadoes hit Arkansas and other states.
Monday’s twister in Tupelo, one of several to tear across Mississippi, damaged hundreds of homes and businesses, downed power lines and tore up trees, the National Weather Service said.
After the Monday’s tornado in Tulopo, officials imposed an 8 p.m. (0100 GMT) curfew and in some residential areas were closed off as emergency crews checked downed power lines and gas leaks.
The storm system later pushed into parts of Alabama, where emergency officials said at least two people were killed at a trailer park near Athens, Alabama.
Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe said at least 15 people had died statewide in the storm.
Nine of the victims on Sunday came from the same street in Vilonia, a town with a population of about 4,100.
State authorities reported that one person was killed in Oklahoma, one in Iowa and another one in Kansas,
The National Weather Service said the threat of tornadoes will last for several days as a strong weather system interacts with a large area of unstable air across the central and southern United States.
According to AP News, The National Weather Service posted tornado watches and warnings around Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia that were in effect through Monday night.
Here are some photos of the aftermath…
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Tornadoes slams Oklahoma City and its suburbs during the evening rush hour on Friday, May 13, 2013.
Moore had limited damage from this storm activity.
Five people were killed and more than forty people were being treated for storm-related injuries.
At least three major tornadoes had touched down and according to a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, Tim Oram, it was difficult to know exactly how many tornadoes had touched down.
The disaster caused havoc on Interstate 40 and people were trapped in their vehicles.
Part of the streets were flooded to a depth of 4 feet.
According to Betsy Randolph, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Highway Petrol, a mother and baby were killed on Friday while traveling on Interstate 40, just west of Oklahoma City, when their vehicle was picked up by the storm and they were sucked out of it.
Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman for the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said that two of the five deaths in Oklahoma on Friday occurred in Union City and one was in El Reno, in rural areas west of Oklahoma City.
Television images showed downed power lines and tossed cars as the storm systems dumped at least 3 inches of rain, stranding motorists in flood water.
These photos from the Oklahoma National Guard show the widespread destruction from Monday’s tornadoes.
According to the National Weather Service, the twister churned a path 1.3 miles wide and 17 miles long.
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On Monday, May 20, 2013 a huge and powerful tornado rated at EF4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, with winds up to 200 miles per hour, struck the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore causing massive destruction.
At least fifty-one people were confirmed dead, twenty to thirty school children were still missing and feared dead beneath the rubble while lots of people were injured.
A spokeswoman for the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center said that the devastating, mile-wide tornado touched down at 3:01 p.m. local time (4.01 p.m. EDT).
According to the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma, the tornado was on the ground for approximately 40 minutes, and a tornado warning was in effect for 16 minutes before the twister developed.
It was reported that the devastated area covered thirty square miles and some area look like a war-zone with blocks of houses, buildings, farms, trees and other structures were knocked down by the tornado.
The mayor of Moore, Glenn Lewis told NBC:
“The whole city looks like a debris field. It looks like we have lost our hospital. I drove by there a while ago and it’s pretty much destroyed.”
Blocks of homes were leveled by the powerful tornado, cars piled atop one another and some buildings were on fire.
Among the buildings destroyed were the Plaza Towers Elementary school and Briarwood Elementary School while Moore Medical Center sustained significant damage.
Most of the injured were brought to the Integris Southwest Medical Center, University of Oklahoma Medical Center, St. Anthony Healthplex South and Midwest Regional.
The National Weather Service predicted a 10 percent chance of tornadoes in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois.
It also said parts of Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Iowa have a 5 percent risk of tornadoes.
The area at greatest risk includes Joplin, which on Wednesday will mark two years since the tornado that killed 161 people.
On Sunday, tornadoes killed two people and injured 39 in Oklahoma.
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There were dozens of tornadoes that destroyed buildings, vehicles and trees across the Midwest during the weekend.
Tornado is a natural disaster that sucked up things along its path and dropped them back to the ground may be a few meters away.
I first learned about tornadoes after reading the book, ‘The Wizard of Oz’.
I was 4 years old at that time and I wondered why only Dorothy’s house was sucked up by the twister and not some other things around it.
Actually tornado only destroys things along its path.