First snow, now twisters? Tornadoes loom over eight states

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The weather roller coaster took another wild swing Thursday as near-record snow gave way to tornado warnings and wicked thunderstorms.

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Illinois tornado survivor: ‘I found pieces of my house 100 yards northeast of me’

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Scott Gundy, whose Washington, Ill., home was shredded by a tornado Sunday, said he “got the most important thing out” — pictures and videos of his kids.

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'Get ready now': 53 million people at risk as deadly storm wallops Midwest

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A powerful storm system has brought tornadoes and damaging winds to large swaths of the Midwest. At least one person was confirmed killed in a storm-related incident, Illinois officials say.

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Tornado tourism thrives even during deadly season

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"Tornado tourism" may sound strange or even distasteful in light of deadly twisters in the past few weeks, but it’s a thriving travel niche, and business is booming.

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El Reno tornado, at 2.6 miles across, was widest on record

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The tornado that struck El Reno, Okla., on Friday night was the widest on record in the United States at 2.6 miles across, the National Weather Service reported on Tuesday.

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Oklahoma tornado deaths include three veteran storm chasers

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Three professional “storm chasers” were among the 13 people who died in the tornadoes that ripped through the Oklahoma City area Friday, the research project they ran confirmed Sunday.

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Storm chaser caught in tornado: It felt like I was going to heaven

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When Mike Bettes was chasing a tornado in Oklahoma Friday, the twister was hot on the heels of his SUV. He realized he wasn’t going to make it as his truck was lifted up into the air.

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12 dead in aftermath of destructive tornadoes

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The death toll has jumped to 12 in the aftermath of a swarm of destructive twisters that tore through the Midwest, killing seven adults and two children in Oklahoma and causing three deaths in Missouri blamed on flooding.

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Storm-battered Oklahoma a ‘war zone’ after deadly twisters strike

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Dawn revealed the destruction of a deadly swarm of twisters that struck shell-shocked Oklahoma late Friday amid new fears about “life-threatening” flash floods.

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One tornado reported in south Moore, Okla., cars overturned on I-35, I-40, KFOR says

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Multiple twisters touched down Friday, miles from where a devastating tornado killed 24 people on May 20. A mile-wide funnel destroyed a Weather Channel vehicle.

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Tornado emergency declared for Oklahoma City

Photo: A tornado was spotted near El Reno, Okla., west of Oklahoma City, early Friday evening. (KFOR)

A tornado emergency was declared for Oklahoma City on Friday as a large twister touched down, destroyed a Weather Channel vehicle and headed for Oklahoma’s largest city.

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Storm-ravaged Oklahoma again under threat

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A group of severe thunderstorms was spawning tornadoes as it moved through Oklahoma on Thursday afternoon.

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Rebirth after the big storm: How one small town dug out, spruced up and lived on

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One generation after a 206-mph tornado pulverized and vacuumed away most of the historic downtown and damaged one-third of homes in Limon, Colo., librarian Lucille Reimer has a small hitch in her voice when she describes the initial dawn after the storm, the first day of revival.

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Principal, teachers recount tornado hitting Oklahoma school

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Teacher recalls deadly tornado: “At first, it’s just a rattling, like someone walking on the roof. And then you feel things fall into your hair. Just little things, you know? … but then all of a sudden — bigger things. Could hear the air duct crash down and a pipe. … And that’s when I started to yell.”

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