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VIDEO: Tornadoes Kill at Least 18 in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa

A series of tornadoes struck the central United States Sunday night, devastating two communities in Arkansas.

Screen grab from Twitter
Screen grab from Twitter
At least 18 people died Sunday in tornadoes that tore through the central United States, NBC News reported.

Vilonia and Mayflower Arkansas were among the hardest hit communities. NBC News reported at least 10 people were killed in those communities and dozens of homes destroyed. Video of the tornado that hit Vilonia and Mayflower, which grew in size to half-a-mile wide, is attached to this post.

"It's been a truly awful night for many families, neighborhoods and communities, but Arkansans always step up to help each other recover," Gov. Mike Beebe said via Twitter.

One person was reported killed in Quapaw, Oklahoma and another death was reported in Iowa.

Relief efforts already are underway. The Salvation Army is accepting donations as part of disaster relief:
  • You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
MikeyParks April 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM
How delightful for the global warming/cooling/climate change knuckleheads. Deaths add instant fuel to their quickly dying fire.
Robert April 29, 2014 at 11:07 PM
They're not paying attention to this right now because some old racist fart got caught saying bad things. They're now all lined up to give holier than tho speeches and interviews of how hurt they are. I'm sure there will be a heat spike next week and they'll be back to talk about how we're destroying the world

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