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Tornadoes slam US Midwest, killing 12

Tornadoes have roared through middle America, flattening entire blocks of homes in small-town Illinois and Kansas and killing at least 12 people.

(AP) Branson - An apparent twister cut through Branson, Missouri, just before 1am local time on Wednesday and seemed to hopscotch up the city's main roadway, ripping roofs off hotels and damaging some of the city's famed country music theatres dangerously close to the start of the heavy tourism season. At least 37 people were reported hurt, mostly with cuts and bruises.

At least six people were killed in the southern Illinois town of Harrisburg after a storm levelled much of the community of 9000 people.

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Bad American weather is making news again, a week after a chunk of the country was digging out from record blizzards.

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At the end of 2022, a deadly winter storm swept across the U.S. leaving dozens dead and making international headlines. Now as 2023 begins, there is more newsmaking American weather: heavy rains and powerful winds are pounding the state of California, toppling trees, causing flash floods, rock slides and massive blackouts. At least two people have been killed, including a toddler who died when a tree fell on his home.

AFP photographer Josh Edelson captured from above a submerged road near the town of Sebastopol where rescue teams worked to evacuate residents.

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