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Philip Triplett recovers an American flag from the destroyed home of a family friend after it was hit by a tornado in Louisville, Mississippi. A string of deadly tornadoes tore through the region beginning on Monday, leaving more than two dozen dead.

Debris from Mayflower RV is pictured strewn around in Mayflower, Arkansas April 29, 2014. A storm system that killed more than 20 people continued its march across a large swath of the U.S. Southeast on Tuesday, packing baseball-sized hail, damaging winds and the threat of more tornados, meteorologists said.

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Debris from an RV lot is strewn around in Mayflower, Arkansas. A storm system that killed more than 20 people continued its march across a large swath of the US southeast on Tuesday, packing baseball-sized hail, damaging winds and the threat of more tornadoes.

Lighting strikes from a tornadic vortex signature storm in Tuscaloosa, Alabama...Lighting strikes from a TVS (tornadic vortex signature) storm in Tuscaloosa, Alabama April 28, 2014. On a second day of ferocious storms that have claimed at least 21 lives in the southern United States, a tornado tore through the Mississippi town of Tupelo on Monday destroying homes and businesses, according to witnesses and emergency officials. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

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Lightning strikes from a TVS (tornadic vortex signature) storm in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. On a second day of ferocious storms that have claimed at least 21 lives in the southern United States, a tornado tore through the Mississippi town of Tupelo on Monday destroying homes and businesses, according to witnesses and emergency officials Read more

A vehicle sits on a pile of debris from the destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Washington, Illinois, November 17, 2013. A fast-moving storm system triggered multiple tornadoes on Sunday, killing at least five people, injuring about 40 and flattening large parts of the city of Washington, Illinois as it tore across the Midwest, officials said.

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A vehicle sits on a pile of debris, the result of one of a series of tornados that tore across the American Midwest on Sunday, killing at least five people, injuring about 40 and flattening large parts of the city of Washington, Illinois

Lightning from a thunderstorm strikes amid the wreckage of twisted cars and structures at Plaza Elementary School, where seven children were killed earlier in the week when a tornado hit Moore, Okla., Thursday, May 23, 2013. The huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying the elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 mph. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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Lightning from a thunderstorm strikes on Thursday amid the wreckage of twisted cars and structures at Plaza Elementary School, where seven children were killed when a tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma. The tornado tore through the town on Monday, flattening neighbourhoods and destroying the elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds of up to 200 mph. Read more

A woman searches for salvageable belongings

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A woman searches for salvageable belongings at a devastated home in Moore, Oklahoma. As rescue efforts wound down, residents turned to the daunting task of rebuilding a community shattered by the huge tornado that killed at least 24 people. Read more

Danielle Stephan holds boyfriend Thomas Layton as they pause between salvaging through the remains of a family member's home one day after a tornado devastated the town Moore, Oklahoma

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Danielle Stephan holds boyfriend Thomas Layton as they pause between salvaging through the remains of a family member’s home one day after a tornado devastated the town of Moore on the outskirts of Oklahoma City.

Gene Tripp sits in his rocking chair where his home once stood after being destroyed by a tornado hit the area near 149th and Drexel on Monday, May 20, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla

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Gene Tripp sits on a rocking chair where his home stood before it was destroyed by a tornado that hit the town of Moore, Oklahoma CityRead more

Two girls stand in rubble after a tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma

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Two girls stand in rubble after a tornado struck Oklahoma. A two-mile wide tornado tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday, killing at least 51 people while destroying entire tracts of homes, piling cars on top of one another, and trapping two dozen school children beneath rubble.