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Killer storms rake nation's Heartland

Thousands without power, more than a dozen tornadoes reported, baseball-size hail damages cars, buildings

RODGERS, ARK | May 2, 2008

At least three people were killed in severe storms that damaged hundreds of homes and buildings from Oklahoma to Arkansas Thursday night and Friday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, there were more than 120 reports of severe weather and a dozen tornadoes in the region on Thursday with more reports Friday morning.

Arkansas was the scene of all of the deaths reported so far. Police in Siloam Springs said that a teenager was killed early Friday when a tree fell on the part of her house where she was sleeping. A state emergency official said two other people had died in central Arkansas.

In Kansas City, winds of 75 to 80 mph were reported and baseball-size hail damaged buildings and vehicles near Oklahoma City Thursday night.

An emergency official in Gladstone, Mo., Sgt. Richard King said dozens of homes and businesses were damaged early this morning in the storms that packed winds of more than 80 mph. Damage to homes and a school was reported in Ava, Mo., in the Ozark Mountain region.

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