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Major Tornado Outbreak Slams South Central States, Will Continue Overnight


At least 23 people have died after tornadoes and severe storms tore through the south-central United States.

As of Monday night, there were reports of 15 tornado-related deaths in Arkansas, up to six in Alabama, one in Mississippi and one in Oklahoma. Another death was reported in the Midwestern state of Iowa.

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The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center issued tornado watches Monday night for most of Alabama, northwest Georgia, southeast Louisiana, southern Mississippi and southern-middle Tennessee, effective until 3 a.m. CT (4 a.m. ET). There are threats of multiple tornadoes, including a few that are "intense," as well as "widespread damaging" wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour and scattered large hail.

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