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A Weekend of Tornadoes

Two separate storm systems traveled across several states over the weekend, leaving at least five people dead and several others injured. Tornadoes struck Oklahoma, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri, with warnings extending across parts of Texas, Louisiana, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Tens of millions of Americans were under a severe weather watch, and more than 100,000 people were left without power. See photos of the damage here.

While peak tornado season in the Plains extends from April to June, meteorologists say it’s unusual to have tornadoes emerge simultaneously from two independent storm systems. The conditions made for one of the most severe outbreaks in recent memory, with officials registering close to 80 tornadoes Friday alone and crediting advance warning systems for preventing additional injuries and deaths. Learn more about the factors underlying tornado outbreaks (w/video). 

The storms are expected to continue eastward today (see updates).

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