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    Image: Patrick O'Banion salvages items from his devastated Joplin home

    Deadly storms rake Midwest

    Tornadoes ripped through parts of the Midwest killing dozens in a Missouri town over the weekend and central Oklahoma on Tuesday.

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    Patrick O'Banion salvages items from his devastated home in Joplin, Mo., on Monday, May 30.
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    Katlyn Wilkins, in tree, and Andrea Wilkins Morelli work on securing an American flag on May 29 in Joplin.
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    President Barack Obama and residents view tornado damage on May 29 in Joplin.
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    President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at Missouri Southern University on May 29, during a memorial for victims of the Joplin tornado.
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    Joplin residents stand for a moment of silence during a memorial service on May 29, marking the one week anniversary of an EF-5 tornado which ripped a six mile long path of destruction through Joplin..
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    Kenzie Buffalo, left, plays catch with a baseball on the roof of what used to be her grandfather's house with her friend Sarah Koepke in Joplin on May 28.
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    Matt Teel cleans off a Jesus statue after it was found in the ruins of St. Mary's Church in Joplin on May 28. As the town continues to recover from the treacherous storm over 150 people are still missing. Funerals are being planned.
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    Tracey Presslor comforts friends and classmates of her nephew Will Norton on May 28 in Joplin. Family members had said Norton and his father were on the road when the storm hit. The teen's Hummer H3 flipped several times, throwing him from the vehicle, likely through the sunroof. His body was found in a pond near the truck.
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    Stephen Dickson stands in front of his parent's home while on the lookout for looters at dusk in Joplin on May 27. Although the house has no roof, Dickson sometimes sleeps in the home to protect it from looting.
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    The remains of a destroyed tree in Joplin on May 27, five days after a massive tornado passed through the town.
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    Debris is seen near Joplin High School on May 27 in Joplin.
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    During a driving rain storm, Tracy Rogers, center, and others look for items to salvage from a friend's destroyed home on May 27 in Joplin.
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    A vault is all that remains of the Commerce Bank in a devastated Joplin neighborhood on May 27.
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    Scott Anderson reaches for a piece of debris on May 27 near his heavily damaged home in Joplin. Anderson said, "It's like they dropped a bomb on us." The town continues the process of recovering from the storm which damaged or destroyed an estimated 8,000 structures.
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    A storm cloud passes over a communications tower following a thunderstorm on May 27 in Joplin.
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    A search and rescue team looks for victims at a devastated apartment complex in Joplin on May 26.
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    Flags are placed around what's left of Joplin High School on May 26.
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    Maggie Burlingane looks at what remains of her daughter's home on May 26 in Joplin.
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    Clothes hang untouched in a closet inside a destroyed house in Joplin.
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    Blanca Lopez holds her daughter Bianca as they wait to receive food, clothes and other donated items in Joplin on May 26.
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    Robert Elbert hands a photograph of Stephanie Elbert's mother and father to her after they found it among the remains of their house on May 26 in Joplin.
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    Darryl Strickland walks through what is left of his garage near Elgin, Ala., on May 26. It was blown 50 yards along US 72 by severe weather that raced across northwest Alabama.
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    Severe storms blew across the Midwest on May 25, hitting places like this trailer park in Bloomington, Ind. A few minor injuries were reported.
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    Scott Taylor checks on Sue Dillman shortly after a severe storm tore the roof off her home in Bloomington on May 25. Dillman's home and surrounding barns were heavily damaged.
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    Ryan Millikan, center, lifts a container to Nick Wongratananajcha, left, as they help Lee Morris gather his possessions on May 25, three days after a killer tornado ravaged neighborhoods in Joplin.
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    An aerial image of Joplin, Mo., shot on May 24, shows the remains of Joplin High School two days after an EF5 tornado touched down and destroyed a large portion of the town. The image was collected by digital imaging aircraft owned by M.J. Harden, a GeoEye Company. Harden flew an emergency mission for Missouri state officials to provide insight on relief efforts and emergency response.
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    Alisha Kelly, of Neosho, gives away food and bottled water to residents and emergency workers on May 25 in Joplin. "We are just individuals who want to help," Kelly said. The tornado that ripped through the town of about 50,000 people May 22 is being called the deadliest single tornado in the U.S. in 60 years.
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    A message is seen on the side of a building on May 25 in Joplin. A tornado tore through much of the city on Sunday, wiping out neighborhoods and killing more than 12o people.
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    Lori Haun removes the house letters from what remains of her devastated Joplin home on May 25.
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    A recovery crew looks for bodies on May 25 in a destroyed church after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri. The death toll from a monster tornado that ravaged Joplin, rose to 125 on Wednesday after an overnight search turned up more bodies but no new survivors, authorities said.
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    Shirley Waits cries as she stands in what is left of her mother's home on May 25 in Joplin.
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    Family and friends of a tornado victim clean-up and sort through debris on May 25 at a mobile home in Chickasha, Okla.
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    A house is left as a pile of rubble after being destroyed by a tornado west of El Reno, Okla. on May 24.
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    Rebecca Watts walks by a car stuck in a tree after a tornado hit north of El Reno, Okla. on May 24. The high-powered storms arrived Tuesday night and early Wednesday, just days after a massive tornado tore up the southwest Missouri city of Joplin.
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    Joplin High School sophomore Landan Taylor makes has way across the wreckage of the school's theater in Joplin, Mo., on May 24. At least 125 people were killed and hundreds more injured when a tornado cut a destructive path through Joplin on Sunday evening. Classes at all Joplin schools have been canceled for the rest of the schoolyear after four schools were damaged or destroyed.
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    At the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota in Roseville on May 24, an avian nursery coordinator Jessika Madison helps feed some of the nine blue heron chicks that were orphaned by the tornado that hit Minneapolis on Sunday. The chicks have to be fed live minnows every 30-45 minutes while while they are awake.
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    An official searches for a missing child near the lake shore after a tornado ripped through the Falcon Lake area of Piedmont, Oklahoma, on May 24. Several tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma on Tuesday afternoon, the largest one striking El Reno, west of Oklahoma City, and continuing to the northeast, the National Weather Service said.
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    A half-mile-wide tornado moves north towards Piedmont, Okla., on May 24.
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    The remains of the house owned by Scott and M'Lynn McCann that was destroyed by a tornado west of El Reno, Okla., are shown Tuesday. Authorities say a series of tornadoes rolled through Oklahoma City and its suburbs at rush hour on May 24.
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    Neighbors pitch in to help recover items out of the home of Scott and M'Lynn McCann that was destroyed by a tornado west of El Reno, Okla., on May 24.
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    Armando Castillo retrieves personal items out of his truck that he was driving when it was swept off I-40 and destroyed by a tornado west of El Reno, Okla., on May 24.
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    Ken Haebaum stands in his mud-splattered kitchen after a tornado ripped through the Falcon Lake area of Piedmont, Okla., on May 24. Haebaum and his wife sought shelter from the tornado in the hallway behind the door on the right side of the photo.
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    Martha Gaines walks among the rubble of her home after a tornado ripped through the Falcon Lake area of Piedmont, Okla., on May 24.
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    Jeannie Owens searches through a family member's destroyed home in Joplin, Mo., on May 24. A devastating tornado hit the day before, leaving hundreds dead or injured.
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    A rescue team searches for survivors in a store on May 24 in Joplin, Mo.
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    Paul Wright attempts to salvage items from a family member's home in Joplin, Mo. on May 24.
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    Jerry Parker looks through pictures recovered from his destroyed home in Joplin, Mo. on May 24.
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    Christal Comstock sits outside her family home, which was destroyed in Joplin, Mo. on May 24.
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    Kyle and Alicia Gordon of Joplin, Mo., embrace in what's left of their son's room on May 24
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    The path of the powerful tornado that destroyed a 6-mile-long swath of Joplin, Mo. is seen May 24.
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    Dina Meek and her daughter Maddie, 9, salvage what they can from her sister-in-law's home on May 24.
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    Ernie Darby removes a table from a debris site in Joplin, Mo., on May 24.
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    Members of the Missouri Task Force One search-and-rescue team work at the Home Depot store in Joplin on May 24.
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    Mangled cars are inside a destroyed Joplin apartment complex on May 24.
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    Volunteers look for survivors in the rubble of a home in Joplin, Mo., on May 24.
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    Water spurts from a broken water line in a destroyed Joplin home on May 24 as Lindsay Grundy, left, and Dana Moritz search for their grandmother's belongings.
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    David Turner removes a file cabinet on May 24 from the destroyed home of his sister in Joplin.
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    The view of a destroyed Joplin apartment complex on May 24.
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    A vehicle on May 24 sits in the debris of a cell phone tower that collapsed onto an apartment building on the east side of Joplin.
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    Greg Beeching, left, and his son Brian Beeching move a washer and dryer out of a relative's damaged apartment in Joplin on May 24.
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    The hard-hit St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin as well as dozens of destroyed homes are seen on May 24.
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    Alicia Gordon salvages items on May 24 from her Joplin home.
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    The sun rises over a destroyed neighborhood in Joplin on May 24.
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    Ernie Darby hugs his son Davis on May 24 as they salvage what they can from the remains of their home in Joplin.
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    Janet Martin attempts to salvage medication and mementos from her brother's home in Joplin before a second storm moves in on May 23. "Twenty minutes before the storm, he left to go to church," she said. "He would have been in that basement if he hadn't gone."
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    A couple walk toward a destroyed building in Joplin on May 23.
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    Volunteers clear rubble as they look for survivors in Joplin on May 23.
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    A police officer sits in his vehicle facing what is left of the high schoolin Joplin on May 23.
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    Kathleen Kelsey, a canine rescue specialist with the Missouri Task Force One search-and-rescue team, guides ChicoDog through the wreckage of a public housing complex in Joplin on May 23.
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    People look at what is left of homes in a Joplin neighborhood on May 23.
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    Joplin was not the only area that saw a twister over the weekend. Reading, Kan., also was hit, with one person killed. This grain elevator was part of the debris field there on May 23.
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    Rescue workers in lime-green jackets search St. John's hospital in Joplin, Mo., May 23.
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    This Joplin neighborhood was almost completely flattened.
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    Maggie Kelley and her husband, Trey Adams hug their dog, Saint, after finding him amid the rubble of her home in Joplin, May 23.
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    Ted Grabenauer sleeps on his front porch the morning after a tornado ripped the roof of his home in Joplin, Mo., May 23.
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    A pool of blood remains on the floor of a business in Joplin, Mo., May 23.
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    A note to rescue workers is seen on a house damaged by a tornado in Joplin, Mo., May 23.
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    Mark Langford sorts through the debris looking for personal belongings after his home was destroyed when a tornado hit Joplin, Mo., May 23.
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    A shelf cloud containing a thunderstorm approaches tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo., on May 23. A large tornado moved through much of the city Sunday, damaging a hospital, hundreds of homes and businesses and killing at least 89 people.
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    Blocks of homes lie in total destruction after a tornado hit Joplin, Mo., on May 23.
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    Donald and Helen Capps of Joplin, Mo., sit in a temporary Red Cross shelter at the Robert Ellis Young Gymnasium at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo., on May 23. The Capps lost their home after a destructive tornado moved through Joplin on Sunday evening.
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    Emergency workers wait for a medical team after finding a body in a destroyed car in Joplin, Mo., in the early hours of May 23. A large tornado moved through much of the city Sunday, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses.
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    Utility workers clear downed power lines near the St. John's hospital early on Monday after the devastating tornado hit Joplin, Mo.
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    An emergency worker searches a Walmart store that was severely damaged by the tornado that hit Joplin, Mo., on May 22.
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    Emergency vehicles line up along northbound Rangeline Road in Joplin, Mo. after the tornado swept through the city on Sunday evening.
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    Joplin residents help a woman who survived in her basement when the tornado hit the city on Sunday.
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    A destroyed helicopter lies on its side in the parking lot of the Joplin Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., on May 22.
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    William Jackson, left, and Ashley Martin, volunteer firefighters from Oklahoma, survey the wreckage of destroyed homes in Joplin, Mo., on May 22.
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    Two rescuers try to pull a woman from a destroyed building in Joplin, Mo., after a tornado struck the city on May 22.
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    A man carries a young girl who was rescued after being trapped with her mother in their home after the tornado hit Joplin, Mo. on May 22.
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    Rescuers and neighbors look through the the wreckage of destroyed homes on a hillside in Joplin, Mo., on May 22.
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    A triage team treats wounded people at a triage station set up at 26th and Main Streets in Joplin, Mo. after the tornado swept through the city on May 22.
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    Emergency personnel walk through a neighborhood severely damaged by a tornado near the Joplin Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., on May 22.
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    A pickup truck with what look to be two rescue workers and two injured people weaves in and out of traffic to get to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, Mo.
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    A tractor trailer is tipped over on Interstate 44 near Joplin, Mo., after the town was hit by a tornado on May 22.
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    A woman talks on the phone from a roofless garage after a tornado struck northern Minneapolis, May 22, causing extensive property damage, killing at least one person and injuring at least 18 others.
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    Lucas Wickander, 13, shows off the skinned knuckles he received after diving under a porch to escape a tornado that struck northern Minneapolis, May 22.
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    This photo taken Saturday, May 21, looking east from S.W. 37th and Wanamaker shows funnel clouds above Topeka, Kan., at around 6:20 p.m.
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    Damage to the Reading, Kan., post office caused by a tornado is shown May 22.
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    Matt Railsback, of Miller, Kan., looks at the damage on May 22, caused by a tornado Saturday night in Reading, Kan. Miller was trapped in a storm shelter with his girlfriend in the blue house in the background. His truck was rolled end over end and came to rest at the fire station across the street.
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    Cleanup begins at a tornado-damaged home in Reading, Kan., May 22.
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    Lightning from a severe thunderstorm flashes in the distance beyond a crucifix in a cemetery near Easton, Kan., Saturday, May 21.
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