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Tornado damage, April 29, 2014
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At least 35 dead as South braces for more twisters
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Adam Paxton uses tarps to cover a roof damaged by Sunday's tornado, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Vilonia, Ark. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over two days flattened homes and businesses, and killed dozens from the Midwest to the Deep South. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Turner Holland sweep the slab of a home destroyed by Sunday's tornado, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Vilonia, Ark. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over two days flattened homes and businesses, and killed dozens from the Midwest to the Deep South. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
An Arkansas Razorback flag hangs in front of a home destroyed by Sunday's tornado, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Vilonia, Ark. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over two days flattened homes and businesses, and killed dozens from the Midwest to the Deep South. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
A resident uses rubber boots as he negotiates debris from Sunday's tornado, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Vilonia, Ark. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over two days flattened homes and businesses, and killed dozens from the Midwest to the Deep South. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
VILONIA, AR - APRIL 29: Arkansas National Guard Staff Sgt. Skipper Smith hangs an American flag on a pole at the site of a home that was detroyed when a tornado hit the area April 29, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas. Deadly tornadoes ripped through the region April 27, leaving more than a dozen dead. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
TUPELO, MS - APRIL 29: Tow truck workers attempt to right a tractor trailer that was tipped over during a tornado on April 29, 2014 in Tupelo, Mississippi. A deadly tornado ripped through the area April 28, after deadly storms moved through the south spawning tornadoes that have left more than a dozen dead. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
TUPELO, MS - APRIL 29: Isabel Jimenez salvages what she can from her restaurant after the building was destroyed by a tornado on April 29, 2014 in Tupelo, Mississippi. A deadly tornado ripped through the area April 28, after deadly storms moved through the south spawning tornadoes that have left more than a dozen dead. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
TUPELO, MS - APRIL 29: Gunner Goad (L) and Jim Smith help a friend salvage what he can from his business that was destroyed by a tornado on April 29, 2014 in Tupelo, Mississippi. A deadly tornado ripped through the area April 28, after deadly storms moved through the south spawning tornadoes that have left more than a dozen dead. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
TUPELO, MS - APRIL 29: Sam Smith takes a break from helping a family friend salvage what he can from his business that was destroyed after a tornado hit on April 29, 2014 in Tupelo, Mississippi. A deadly tornado ripped through the area April 28, after deadly storms moved through the south spawning tornadoes that have left more than a dozen dead. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
TUPELO, MS - APRIL 29: Gunner Goad helps a family friend salvage what he can from his business that was destroyed by a tornado on April 29, 2014 in Tupelo, Mississippi. A deadly tornado ripped through the area April 28, after deadly storms moved through the south spawning tornadoes that have left more than a dozen dead. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
TUPELO, MS - APRIL 29: (L-R) Scott Black, Holly Boatner and Paul Flatt salvage what they can from the building where they work after it was destroyed by a tornado on April 29, 2014 in Tupelo, Mississippi. A deadly tornado ripped through the area April 28, after deadly storms moved through the south spawning tornadoes that have left more than a dozen dead. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
VILONIA, AR - APRIL 29: Volunteers look through debris where homes once stood after a tornado April 29, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas. Deadly tornadoes ripped through the region April 27, leaving more than a dozen dead. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
VILONIA, AR - APRIL 29: Dan Wassman gets a hug from a friend Amy Lundsford at the homesite of his son, also named Dan Wassum, who was killed when a tornado destroyed his home late Sunday afternoon, April 29, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas. Deadly tornadoes ripped through the region April 27, leaving more than a dozen dead. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
VILONIA, AR - APRIL 29: Volunteer Gina Lowe (C) helps a family move belongings from a home that was destroyed by a tornado on Sunday, April 29, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas. After deadly tornadoes ripped through the region leaving more than a dozen dead, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee are all under watch as multiple storms are expected over the next few days. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
VILONIA, ARKANSAS - APRIL 28: An elevated view shows damage along the path of a tornado that yesterday tore through the area for the second time in three years, on April 28, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas. After deadly tornadoes ripped through the region, leaving more than a dozen dead, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee are all under watch as multiple storms over the next few days are expected. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
VILONIA, AR - APRIL 29: People inspect a car that was destroyed when a tornado hit the area April 29, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas. Deadly tornadoes ripped through the region April 27, leaving more than a dozen dead. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
TUPELO, MS - APRIL 29: Gunner Goad helps a family friend salvage what he can from his business that was destroyed by a tornado on April 29, 2014 in Tupelo, Mississippi. A deadly tornado ripped through the area April 28, after deadly storms moved through the south spawning tornadoes that have left more than a dozen dead. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
TUPELO, MS - APRIL 29: Tina Hoang sits in front of her nail business where she was injured by flying debris while she was inside during a tornado on April 29, 2014 in Tupelo, Mississippi. A deadly tornado ripped through the area April 28, after deadly storms moved through the south spawning tornadoes that have left more than a dozen dead. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Theresa Long walks into her storm-damaged home in Mayflower, Ark., Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Long painted a sign reading "Theresa Long is Alive" on the front of the house after a Sunday tornado struck the neighborhood. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday morning.(AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Charles Milam takes a break while searching his destroyed home on Clayton Avenue in Tupelo, Miss., Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Milam, his wife and his granddaughter were at home at the time of the tornado, and all survived. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday morning.(AP Photo/Thomas Graning)
Friends, seen through debris, comfort each other at the site of a a home destroyed by Sunday's tornado, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Vilonia, Ark. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday morning.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Austin Hargrove, left, and Haley Hracke, right, help recover personal items from a friends home that was destroyed by Sunday's tornado, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Vilonia, Ark. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Workers walk past damage at South Lincoln Elementary School on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, after storms came through Monday in Fayetteville, Tenn. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Volunteers continue to salvage items for residents who lost their homes to Sunday's tornado, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Vilonia, Ark. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Callie Moore looks through the debris of her home that was destroyed by Sunday's tornado, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Vilonia, Ark. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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By JEFF AMY and ADRIAN SAINZ

LOUISVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Ruth Bennett died clutching the last child left at her day care center as a tornado wiped the building off its foundation. A firefighter who came upon the body gently pulled the toddler from her arms.

"It makes you just take a breath now," said next-door neighbor Kenneth Billingsley, who witnessed the scene at what was left of Ruth's Child Care Center in this logging town of 6,600. "It makes you pay attention to life."

Bennett, 53, was among at least 35 people killed in a two-day outbreak of twisters and other violent weather that pulverized homes from the Midwest to the Deep South. The child, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital. Her condition was not known.

As crews in Mississippi and Alabama turned from search-and-rescue efforts to cleanup, the South braced for a third round of potentially deadly weather on Tuesday. Tornadoes usually strike in the late afternoon and evening.

One of the hardest-hit areas in Monday evening's barrage of twisters was Tupelo, Miss., where a gas station looked as if it had been stepped on by a giant.

Francis Gonzalez, who also owns a convenience store and Mexican restaurant attached to the service station, took cover with her three children and two employees in the store's cooler as the roof over the gas pumps was reduced to aluminum shards.

"My Lord, how can all this happen in just one second?" she said in Spanish.

On Tuesday, the growl of chain saws cut through the otherwise still, hazy morning in Tupelo. Massive oak trees, knocked over like toys, blocked roads. Neighbors helped one another cut away limbs.

"This does not even look like a place that I'm familiar with right now," said Pam Montgomery, walking her dog in her neighborhood. "You look down some of the streets, and it doesn't even look like there is a street."

By the government's preliminary count, 11 tornadoes - including one that killed 15 people in Arkansas - struck the nation's midsection on Sunday, and at least 25 ravaged the South on Monday, the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center said.

Among those killed was 21-year-old University of Alabama swimmer and dean's list student John Servati, who was taking shelter in the basement of a Tuscaloosa home when a retaining wall collapsed on him.

His death - and that of at least two others in Alabama - came the day after the third anniversary of an outbreak of more than 60 tornadoes that killed more than 250 people across the state.

In Kimberly, Ala., north of Birmingham, the firehouse was among the buildings heavily damaged.

Four firefighters suffered little more than cuts and scrapes, but the bays over the fire trucks were destroyed, and the vehicles were covered with red bricks, concrete blocks and pieces of the roof.

The trucks were essentially trapped, so the town had to rely on nearby communities for emergency help.

Louisville was also one of the hardest-hit areas, with officials reporting at least nine dead in and around town because of a powerful tornado with a preliminary rating of EF4, just shy of the top of the scale.

Sennaphie Yates arrived at the small local hospital to check on her grandfather just ahead of the twister. As the funnel cloud closed in, staff members herded people into a hall.

"They had all of us against the wall and gave us pillows. They said, `Get down and ... don't get up,'" she said.

The winds knocked down two walls and tore holes in the roof. Doctors moved some emergency room patients to a former operating room and sent some to other hospitals.

Bennett's day care center was not far from the hospital. Her niece Tanisha Lockett had worked at Ruth's Child Care since it opened seven years ago.

She said all but the one child - a 4-year-old girl who had been in the center's care since she was a baby - had been picked up before the storm.

On Tuesday, Bennett's family and those who worked for her stepped over schoolbooks, first aid supplies and a Hooked on Phonics cassette as they tried to salvage paperwork.

"We're just trying to keep a smile on our faces," said Jackie Ivy, an employee. "I cried all last night."

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Sainz reported from Tupelo, Miss. Associated Press writers Jack Elliott Jr. in Jackson, Miss., and Jay Reeves in Kimberly, Ala., contributed to this story.

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President Barack Obama tours tornado-damaged areas of Vilonia, Ark., Wednesday, May 7, 2014, and talks with Daniel Smith and his sons Garrison Dority and Gabriel Dority, right. Obama is visiting with first responders and families affected by the recent tornados before traveling on to California where he will raise money for the Democratic Party and receive an award from a foundation created by movie director Steven Spielberg. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Framed by a damaged car, President Barack Obama speaks after touring tornado-damaged neighborhood of Vilonia, Ark., Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Obama is visiting with first responders and families affected by the recent tornados before traveling on to California where he will raise money for the Democratic Party and receive an award from a foundation created by movie director Steven Spielberg. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama tours tornado-damaged areas of Vilonia, Ark., Wednesday, May 7, 2014 and walks with Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., left. Obama is visiting with first responders and families affected by the recent tornados before traveling on to California where he will raise money for the Democratic Party and receive an award from a foundation created by movie director Steven Spielberg. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama tours tornado-damaged areas of Vilonia, Ark., Wednesday, May 7, 2014, and talks with Daniel Smith and his sons Garrison Dority and Gabriel Dority, right. Obama is visiting with first responders and families affected by the recent tornados before traveling on to California where he will raise money for the Democratic Party and receive an award from a foundation created by movie director Steven Spielberg. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama greets people while touring tornado-damaged areas of Vilonia, Ark., Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Obama is visiting with first responders and families affected by the recent tornados before traveling on to California where he will raise money for the Democratic Party and receive an award from a foundation created by movie director Steven Spielberg. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama greets people while touring tornado-damaged areas of Vilonia, Ark., Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Obama is visiting with first responders and families affected by the recent tornados before traveling on to California where he will raise money for the Democratic Party and receive an award from a foundation created by movie director Steven Spielberg. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Daniel Smith and his sons Garrison Dority and Gabriel Dority, right, wait to speak with President Barack Obama as tours tornado-damaged areas of Vilonia, Ark., Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Obama is visiting with first responders and families affected by the recent tornados before traveling on to California where he will raise money for the Democratic Party and receive an award from a foundation created by movie director Steven Spielberg. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama talks with Daniel Smith and his sons Garrison Dority and Gabriel Dority, center, while touring tornado-damaged areas of Vilonia, Ark., Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Obama is visiting with first responders and families affected by the recent tornados before traveling on to California where he will raise money for the Democratic Party and receive an award from a foundation created by movie director Steven Spielberg. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., watches at far left. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama tours tornado-damaged areas of Vilonia, Ark., Wednesday, May 7, 2014 and walks with Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., left. Obama is visiting with first responders and families affected by the recent tornados before traveling on to California where he will raise money for the Democratic Party and receive an award from a foundation created by movie director Steven Spielberg. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama greets people while touring tornado-damaged areas of Vilonia, Ark., Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Obama is visiting with first responders and families affected by the recent tornados before traveling on to California where he will raise money for the Democratic Party and receive an award from a foundation created by movie director Steven Spielberg. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama prepares to make a statement after he toured tornado-damaged areas of Vilonia, Ark., Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Obama is visiting with first responders and families affected by the recent tornados before traveling on to California where he will raise money for the Democratic Party and receive an award from a foundation created by movie director Steven Spielberg. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama tours tornado-damaged areas of Vilonia, Ark., Wednesday, May 7, 2014 and talks with Daniel Smith and his sons Garrison Dority and Gabriel Dority, right. Obama is visiting with first responders and families affected by the recent tornados before traveling on to California where he will raise money for the Democratic Party and receive an award from a foundation created by movie director Steven Spielberg. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama tours tornado-damaged areas of Vilonia, Ark., Wednesday, May 7, 2014 and greets residents of the area. Obama is visiting with first responders and families affected by the recent tornados before traveling on to California where he will raise money for the Democratic Party and receive an award from a foundation created by movie director Steven Spielberg. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Jeff Rogers talks on the phone while surveying damage around his home on Joyner Street in Tupelo, Miss., Tuesday, April 29, 2014. The dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)
An American flag rests on a pillar as damaged buildings are seen in the background on North Gloster Street in Tupelo, Miss., Tuesday, April 29, 2014. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)
Matt Bogue works to salvage items from a Shell gas station on North Gloster Street in Tupelo, Miss., Tuesday, April 29, 2014. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)
John Buchanan carries items from his destroyed business on North Gloster Street in Tupelo, Miss., Tuesday, April 29, 2014. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)
Stacy Sanders carries materials from his destroyed business on North Gloster Street in Tupelo, Miss., Tuesday, April 29, 2014. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)
A police officer directs traffic in front of damaged homes on Clayton Avenue in Tupelo, Miss., Tuesday, April 29, 2014. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)
Kevin Barnes searches the remains of his home on Clayton Avenue in Tupelo, Miss., Tuesday, April 29, 2014. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)
A resident searches the remains of his home on Clayton Avenue in Tupelo, Miss., Tuesday, April 29, 2014. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)
A basketball stand remains standing behind a home in Tupelo, Miss., Tuesday, April 29, 2014. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)
Brent Martin walks along Kincannon Street in Tupelo, Miss., Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Martin was surveying damage done by a tornado to other homes in his neighborhood. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)
A destroyed home is scattered along with debris and fallen trees in a residential section of Tupelo, Miss, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)
A United States Postal Service carrier vehicle lies in a ravine after being blown off Legion Road in Tupelo, Miss, after a tornado touched down on Monday, April 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)
A damaged home is seen on Kincannon Street in Tupelo, Miss., Tuesday, April 29, 2014. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)
The rubble of an American Legion post in Tupelo, Miss., is seen Monday, April 28, 2014, after a tornado hit the area. Tornadoes flattened homes and businesses, flipped trucks over on highways and bent telephone poles into 45-degree angles as they barreled through Alabama and Mississippi on Monday. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)
A motel, left, and a restaurant both show damage sustained from a tornado in Tupelo, Miss, on Monday, April 28, 2014. Tornadoes flattened homes and businesses, flipped trucks over on highways and bent telephone poles into 45-degree angles as they barreled through Alabama and Mississippi on Monday. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)
A semi tractor sits on top of the sign of the Sleep Inn located on North Gloster Street in Tupelo, Miss, after a tornado touched down on Monday, April 28, 2014.(AP Photo/Jim Lytle)
What remains of the Steak Escape restaurant that sits in front of the Sleep Inn on North Gloster Street in Tupelo, Miss, after a tornado touched down on Monday, April 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)
A demolished car sits on North Gloster Street across from what remains of a shell gas station in Tupelo, Miss, after a tornado touched down on Monday, April 28, 2014. At least three tornados flattened homes and businesses, flipped trucks over on highways and injured an unknown number of people in Mississippi and Alabama on Monday as a massive, dangerous storm system passed over several states in the South, threatening additional twisters as well as severe thunderstorms, damaging hail and flash floods. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)
Esmeralda, left and Craig Stanford help a friend clean up his North Gloster Street Texaco gas station and quick stop in Tupelo, Miss, after a tornado touched down on Monday, April 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)
Elquin Gonzalez, owner of the Texaco gas station and quick stop on North Gloster Street in Tupelo, Miss. begins cleaning up his business after a tornado touched down on Monday, April 28, 2014. At least three tornados flattened homes and businesses, flipped trucks over on highways and injured an unknown number of people in Mississippi and Alabama on Monday as a massive, dangerous storm system passed over several states in the South, threatening additional twisters as well as severe thunderstorms, damaging hail and flash floods. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)
Terry Scheske, left and his wife Julia begin cleaning up their yard in Tupelo, Miss, after a tornado touched down on Monday, April 28, 2014.(AP Photo/Jim Lytle)
Patrick Bland, 26, helps clear trees and limbs from a friend's yard in the heavily damaged Joyner neighborhood on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in Tupelo. Miss. A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz).
Seventeen year-old Deanna Locke and her siblings including, from left, Charlotte, 13; Drew, 9; and Trinity, 11; examine a downed tree across the street from their home in Tupelo, Miss., after a suspected tornado moved through town earlier on Monday, April 28, 2014.( AP Photo/Jim Lytle)
Workers with heavy machinery begin the cleanup process after a tornado devastated businesses on Monday, April 28, 2014, in Tupelo, Miss. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz).
A Steak Escape restaurant is damaged by a tornado on Monday, April 28, 2014, in Tupelo, Miss. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz).
A car with its windows smashed and top caved in sits in front of a gas station that was heavily damaged by a tornado on Monday, April 28, 2014, in Tupelo, Miss. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz).
An American flag stands limp in front of a gas station-convenience store that had its roof mangled by a tornado on Monday, April 28, 2014, in Tupelo, Miss. With parts of the U.S. recovering from deadly tornadoes, more heavy storms are making their way across the South. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz).
Convenience store owner Francis Gonzalez (holding child) and her three children stand in front of their heavily damaged business on Monday, April 28, 2014, in Tupelo, Miss. Gonzalez and her kids ran into a cooler in the back of a convenience store, which also houses a Mexican restaurant, as a tornado approached. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz).
Mississippi Department of Transportation road crews work to clear downed trees and power lines from streets in Tupelo Miss. after a line of sever weather moved through the area Thursday, May 8, 2008. A number of northeast Mississippi counties and portions of northwest Alabama were under tornado watches or warnings until midafternoon Thursday. (AP Photo/Ryan Moore)
Map locates places heaviest hit by tornadoes in Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas.
Sherry Lee holds a garnet necklace that was found in what was left in her home on Cemetery Street on Monday, April 28, 2014 after tornado struck her hometown of Vilonia, Ark., on Sunday evening. Lee said her mother gave the necklace to her great-grandaughter and it was hanging in her bedroom closet. Vilonia was hit hard Sunday after a tornado system ripped through several states in the central U.S. and left more than a dozen dead in a violent start to this year's storm season, officials said.. (AP Photo/Karen E. Segrave)
Scott Berrier surveys the damage to his home off Naylor Road on Monday, April 28, 2014 after a tornado struck the town of Vilonia, Ark., on Sunday evening. Berrier said his home was damaged in the 2011 tornado but it was destroyed with this tornado. Vilonia was hit hard Sunday after a tornado system ripped through several states in the central U.S. and left more than a dozen dead in a violent start to this year's storm season, officials said. (AP Photo/Karen E. Segrave)
Sherry Lee, left, and her daughter-in-law Amanda Lee react after finding family photos among the ruins of Sherry Lee's home on Cemetery Street on Monday, April 28, 2014 after a tornado struck the town of Vilonia, Ark., on Sunday evening. Amanda Lee lost her brother Jeff Hunter in the storm. Vilonia was hit hard Sunday after a tornado system ripped through several states in the central U.S. and left more than a dozen dead in a violent start to this year's storm season, officials said. (AP Photo/Karen E. Segrave)
John Smith reacts after seeing what's left of his auto repair shop in Mayflower, Ark., Monday, April 28, 2014, after a tornado struck the town late Sunday. Mayflower was hit hard Sunday after a tornado system ripped through several states in the central U.S. and left more than a dozen dead in a violent start to this year's storm season, officials said. (AP Photo/Karen E. Segrave)
Sherry Lee hugs her brother-in-law Andy Lee on Monday, April 28, 2013 after a tornado destroyed her home Sunday on Cemetery Street in Vilonia, Ark. Vilonia was hit hard Sunday after a tornado system ripped through several states in the central U.S. and left more than a dozen dead in a violent start to this year's storm season, officials said. (AP Photo/Karen E. Segrave)
Piles of debris is all that's left to homes located off Cemetery Street in Vilonia, Ark., after a tornado struck the town, Monday, April 28, 2014. Vilonia was hit hard Sunday after a tornado system ripped through several states in the central U.S. and left more than a dozen dead in a violent start to this year's storm season, officials said.. (AP Photo/Karen E. Segrave)
Raella Faulkner, at left, and Bobby McElroy survey what's left of their home Monday, April 28, 2014 after a tornado struck the town of Vilonia, Ark. late Sunday. The couple rode out the storm safely in a nearby storm shelter. Vilonia was hit hard Sunday after a tornado system ripped through several states in the central U.S. and left more than a dozen dead in a violent start to this year's storm season, officials said. (AP Photo/Karen E. Segrave)
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, third from right, surveys the tornado damage along Aspen Creek Drive in the Parkwood neighborhood off Naylor Road in Vilonia, Ark. after a tornado struck the town. Vilonia was hit hard Sunday after a tornado system ripped through several states in the central U.S. and left more than a dozen dead in a violent start to this year's storm season, officials said. (AP Photo/Karen E. Segrave)
Graphic shows how tornadoes are formed.
Leah, daughter of Jon Zieske, looks for belongings at her father's house in Paron, Ark., Monday, April 28, 2014 after a tornado. A storm system ripped through several states in the central U.S. and left more than a dozen dead in a violent start to this year's storm season, officials said. (AP Photo/Christina Huynh)
Piles of mangles cars and destroyed homes sit along Aspen Creek Drive in the Parkwood Neighborhood off Naylor Road in Vilonia, Ark., Monday, April 28, 2014 after a tornado struck the town late Sunday. Vilonia was hit hard Sunday after a tornado system ripped through several states in the central U.S. and left more than a dozen dead in a violent start to this year's storm season, officials said. (AP Photo/Karen E. Segrave)
VILONIA, ARKANSAS - APRIL 28: Flag that was found in debris was placed by volunteers working to help clean up after a strong tornado went through the area on April 27 for the second time in three years on April 28, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas. After deadly tornadoes ripped through the area and have left over a dozen dead, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, and Tennessee are all under watch as multiple storms over the next few days are expected. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
VILONIA, ARKANSAS - APRIL 28: Lisa Taney, a volunteer, goes through wedding photos found in the mud near a destroyed trailer after a strong tornado went through the area on April 27 for the second time in three years on April 28, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas. After deadly tornadoes ripped through the area and have left over a dozen dead, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, and Tennessee are all under watch as multiple storms over the next few days are expected. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Bob Van Byssum walks through his home in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, April 28, 2014. A tornado struck the central Arkansas town Sunday. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo)
A debris trail, bottom, left when a tornado struck a Vilonia, Ark., neighborhood, leads from the rows of houses Monday, April 28, 2014, after a tornado struck the town late Sunday, killing at least 16 people. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
A travel trailer sits inn the rubble of a house in Mayflower, Ark., Monday, April 28, 2014, after a tornado struck the town late Sunday. A storm system ripped through several states in the central U.S. and left at least 16 dead in a violent start to this year's storm season, officials said. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
A row of lightly damages houses, top, face destroyed homes in a Vilonia, Ark., neighborhood Monday, April 28, 2014 after a tornado struck the town late Sunday, killing at least 16 people. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Two men stand in front of a destroyed house in Mayflower, Ark., Monday, April 28, 2014, after a tornado struck the town late Sunday. A tornado system ripped through several states in the central U.S. and left at least 17 dead in a violent start to this year's storm season, officials said. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
A tornado's path is seen in an aerial photo made over Baxter Springs, Kan., Monday, April 28, 2014. A tornado damaged dozens of buildings and injured at least 25 people on Sunday. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 28: In this handout provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the GOES-East satellite, a weather system travels over the continental United States that produced at least 31 tornadoes through the Plains and South pictured at 17:45 UTC. After deadly tornadoes ripped through the area on April 27, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, and Tennessee are all under watch as multiple storms over the next few days are expected. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
Damage shows the path of tornado through Quapaw, Okla., Monday, April 28, 2014. The tornado was among a rash of tornadoes and heavy storms that rumbled across the center and south of the country overnight. The National Weather Service warned that more tornadoes, damaging winds and very large hail would strike in parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana on Monday. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Damage shows the path of tornado through Quapaw, Okla., Monday, April 28, 2014. The tornado was among a rash of tornadoes and heavy storms that rumbled across the center and south of the country overnight. The National Weather Service warned that more tornadoes, damaging winds and very large hail would strike in parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana on Monday. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Debris from tornado damage ends up in a field outside Quapaw, Okla., Monday, April 28, 2014. The tornado was among a rash of tornadoes and heavy storms that rumbled across the center and south of the country overnight. The National Weather Service warned that more tornadoes, damaging winds and very large hail would strike in parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana on Monday. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Houses are destroyed in Mayflower, Ark., Monday, April 28, 2014, after a tornado struck the town late Sunday. A tornado system ripped through several states in the central U.S. and left at least 17 dead in a violent start to this year's storm season, officials said. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
People walk between two destroyed houses in Mayflower, Ark., Monday, April 28, 2014, after a tornado struck the town late Sunday. A tornado system ripped through several states in the central U.S. and left at least 17 dead in a violent start to this year's storm season, officials said. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
People walk between two destroyed houses in Mayflower, Ark., Monday, April 28, 2014, after a tornado struck the town late Sunday. A tornado system ripped through several states in the central U.S. and left at least 17 dead in a violent start to this year's storm season, officials said. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
A tornado's path is seen in an aerial photo made over Baxter Springs, Kan., Monday, April 28, 2014. A tornado damaged dozens of buildings and injured at least 25 people on Sunday. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
John Ward, an automobile and RV dealer, looks an tornado damage to one of his trucks in Mayflower, Ark., Sunday, April 27, 2014. A tornado struck the dealer's on lot Sunday. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Travel trailers and motor homes are piled on top of each other at Mayflower RV in Mayflower, Ark., Sunday, April 27, 2014.A powerful storm system rumbled through the central and southern United States on Sunday, spawning tornadoes. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
A man walks past a wrecked automobile and RV on Interstate 40 in Mayflower, Ark., Sunday, April 27, 2014. A powerful storm system rumbled through the central and southern United States on Sunday, spawning a massive tornado (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
A trail of debris, bottom, leads along the path of a tornado-devastated neighborhood in Vilonia, Ark., Monday, April 28, 2014, after a tornado struck the town late Sunday. The most powerful twister this year carved an 80-mile path of destruction through suburbs north of the state capital of Little Rock, killing at least 16 people. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
TUPELO, MS - APRIL 29: Tow truck workers attempt to right a tractor trailer that was tipped over during a tornado on April 29, 2014 in Tupelo, Mississippi. A deadly tornado ripped through the area April 28, after deadly storms moved through the south spawning tornadoes that have left more than a dozen dead. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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