Photos: Houses reduced to matchsticks as tornados tear through US

Fresh storms hit Mississippi and the US Southeast Monday, threatening tens of millions of people a day after tornadoes killed 17 and ripped up homes in nearby states. In the hardest-hit parts of Arkansas, emergency crews intensified their search for survivors, as residents of the close-knit community of Vilonia surveyed the damage. The tornados crushed large trucks like empty cans, homes were violently ripped in half, and entire residential blocks were reduced to rubble. Some homes were uprooted from their foundations. In Iowa, the tornado also dumped heavy rain, snapped trees and lifted the roof off a medical center in the town of Oskaloosa.

Parag Shinde April 29, 2014 11:27:33 IST
Photos: Houses reduced to matchsticks as tornados tear through US

 

Photos Houses reduced to matchsticks as tornados tear through US

Men use boards as paddles as they search though the debris of what is left of homes in a lake after a tornado hit the town of Vilonia, Arkansas April 28, 2014. Workers searched for survivors on Monday in the rubble left by a wave of tornadoes that ripped through the south-central United States a day earlier, killing at least 18 people in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa: Reuters

 

Photos Houses reduced to matchsticks as tornados tear through US

A U.S. flag sticks out the window of a damaged hot rod car in a suburban area after a tornado near Vilonia, Arkansas April 28, 2014. On a second day of ferocious storms that have claimed at least 19 lives in the southern United States, a tornado tore through the Mississippi town of Tupelo on Monday causing widespread destruction to homes and businesses, according to witnesses and local emergency officials. Most of the deaths from the violent storms occurred on Sunday when tornadoes tossed cars like toys in Arkansas and other states: Reuters

 

Photos Houses reduced to matchsticks as tornados tear through US

Residents go through the rubble of their home, one day after it was destroyed by a tornado near Vilonia, Arkansas April 28, 2014. A ferocious storm system caused a twister in Mississippi and threatened tens of millions of people across the US Southeast on Monday, a day after it spawned tornadoes that killed 16 people and tossed cars like toys in Arkansas and other states: Reuters

 

Photos Houses reduced to matchsticks as tornados tear through US

A newly built school is seen destroyed by a tornado in this aerial photograph near Vilonia, Arkansas April 28, 2014. A ferocious storm system caused a twister in Mississippi and threatened tens of millions of people across the U.S. Southeast on Monday, a day after it spawned tornadoes that killed 16 people and tossed cars like toys in Arkansas and other states. Reuters

 

Photos Houses reduced to matchsticks as tornados tear through US

A resident makes his way down Jackson Street and away from the tornado damaged area in Tupelo, Mississippi April 28, 2014: Reuters

 

Photos Houses reduced to matchsticks as tornados tear through US

A residential neighborhood is seen destroyed by a tornado in this aerial photograph taken near Vilonia, Arkansas April 28, 2014: Reuters

 

 

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