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Weekend storms kill 22 as severe weather heads toward East Coast

Swarms of tornadoes tore through the southern Plains, Ozarks, Tennessee Valley and Mid-Atlantic on Saturday and Sunday, claiming at least 22 lives and causing widespread damage. The storms were continuing east into Memorial Day, with additional severe storms possible along the East Coast, while Texas braced for storms containing large, damaging hail.

The states hit hardest over the weekend were Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kentucky, where multiple "large and extremely dangerous tornadoes" carved paths of damage. A dire tornado emergency - in essence the highest-tier tornado warning that the National Weather Service can issue - was hoisted in Caldwell, Hopkins and Lyon counties in Kentucky on Sunday evening. Four storm-related deaths were confirmed in the Bluegrass State.

Visuals from social media showed a massive twister churning over Eddyville in western Kentucky. Debris was lofted over 20,000 feet. The tornado also traveled through the Dawson Springs and Mortons Gap areas.


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