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Tornadoes cause Midwest mayhem

100 tornadoes ravage communities across four states, hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed

BY WOOWARD NEWS | TULSA, OK (UPI) | April 15, 2012

At least five people are dead after more than 100 reported tornadoes ravaged four central U.S. states late Saturday and early Sunday, officials said.

The twisters raked Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa, the National Weather Service said.

Five people, including two children, died in Woodward, Okla., CNN reported.

The Woodward News said some 3,900 homes in the city of 12,000 people were without power early Sunday.

Keli Cain, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, said early reports from the area northeast of Oklahoma City were grim.

"We're hearing of what sounds to be significant damage in the area," she said.

In Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback declared a state of disaster emergency as twisters tore through the state late Saturday.

In Iowa, emergency officials told The New York Times 75 percent of the town of Thurman was obliterated by a tornado Saturday.

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