TODAY   |  April 28, 2014

Storms leave path of destruction across 17 states

Massive piles of debris are seen in Vilonia, Ark., where a devastating tornado ripped through the area. It’s one of more than 30 tornadoes that have hit 17 states over the last 24 hours. The Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel reports.

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>>> it's 7:30 now on this monday morning, the 28th of april, 2014 . that is a live shot of what folks in vilonia, arkansas , are waking up to this morning after a devastating tornado went through there. it was one of more than 30 twisters that ripped across the midwest and south over the last 24 hours . al has been telling us how extraordinary this particular storm system is.

>> yeah, it was on the ground for more than two hours, more than 80 miles. it was a really quiet start to the severe weather season. we had gone 126 days without a tornado death. and unfortunately first one yesterday in north carolina , 11-month-old child. and then we rapidly added to that yesterday in arkansas and oklahoma.

>> 80 miles. that's unbelievable. the weather channel 's mike seidel is in mayflower, arkansas . mike, good morning to you.

>> reporter: hi, guys. we're in mayflower, arkansas , this morning, about a 20-minute drive up interstate 40 from little rock . this is where that massive tornado crossed the interstate just after 7:30 last night. it shut the interstate down in both directions. it was estimated to be a half mile wide. after it hit and destroyed the town of mayflower, 15 minutes later, vilonia was in its path. at least 16 were killed by the twister. and look at the pile of debris. this was an rv store and a huge car lot. a huge massive tow truck that tows semis on its side. just down the road, three rvs wrapped around a billboard. national weather service will take a survey today, but this is at least ef-3 damage that will put the winds as high as 150 miles an hour. guys, back to you.

>> all right, mike seidel in arkansas this morning. mike, thank you very much.