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Midwest, South Cleans Up After Series of Twisters

Comstock/Thinkstock (file photo)(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Residents in the Midwest and the South are cleaning up Monday after a series of tornadoes ripped through 14 states and left at least 45 people dead over the weekend.

More than 243 twisters have caused extensive damage from Oklahoma to Virginia since Thursday.  Parts of the Midwest and the South were hit by flash floods and hail.

Roofs were torn off and power was knocked out throughout the region as the string of twisters tore through Oklahoma, Arkansas and into the south. 

North Carolina was the hardest hit, with Gov. Beverly Perdue announcing that 22 residents have been killed.  Perdue toured devastated areas Sunday and said it was the most significant damage by tornadoes since the early 1980s.  She declared a state of emergency in more than a dozen North Carolina counties.

North Carolina officials say a series of tornadoes ripped through the heart of the state and the Raleigh area.  In addition to the deaths, the North Carolina storms injured 130 other people, ripped trees out of the ground, damaged or leveled hundreds of homes and left more than 84,000 people without power.

Authorities say the most devastated part of North Carolina is Bertie County, where at least 10 people were killed and 50 others injured, many critically.

Among the dead in North Carolina were three children who died when a tornado swept through a Raleigh mobile home park.

Patty McQuillan, a public information officer for North Carolina’s Division of Emergency Management, says a Lowe's home improvement store in the town of Sanford was destroyed by a tornado, but luckily no one was seriously injured because the manager had the foresight to hustle more than 100 customers and workers into a more fortified area of the building before the storm collapsed the front of the store and partially flattened the structure.

The tornadoes were part of a storm that swept through Oklahoma Thursday night before barreling through the South.  The severe weather is also responsible for deaths in Virginia, Arkansas, Alabama, Oklahoma and Mississippi.

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Severe Storm System Brings Tornadoes, Flooding to Midwest

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(ESTILL SPRINGS, Tenn.) -- A severe storm system that brought pounding rain, high winds, floods and even tornadoes to several states across the country Monday has left a trail of damage and destruction.

The hardest hit region was the Midwest, where multiple tornadoes touched down in Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

In Tennessee alone, the twisters killed two men, flung trucks around, split trees in half and flattened several homes.  One of the two men killed, a 79-year-old from Franklin County, died when his mobile home flipped over.  The man's daughter and grandson were also injured.

"The child actually crawled out the front side of the mobile home and the mother was pinned.  The fire department got her out of there," said George Dyer with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department.

Elsewhere in the Midwest, strong winds downed power lines leaving thousands in the dark, while others faced flood waters that left some neighborhoods completely inundated.

In Ohio, all of the state's 88 counties were impacted by the flooding, according to the National Weather Service.  Most of the state remains under a flood warning Tuesday, while its eastern border with Pennsylvania remains under a flood watch as the Ohio River is expected to rise later in the day.

Ohio's western neighbor, Indiana, is mostly under a flood warning as well.

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Midwest Winter Storm Causes Messy Commute; Moves Eastward

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Just when Americans thought they finally had a break from winter weather, a snowstorm stretching across the upper Midwest and heading eastward has forced the cancelation of more than 1,000 flights and caused travel hazards throughout roadways in the country.

In Minnesota, drivers struggled to get around Sunday in whiteout conditions that caused hundreds of fender benders and spin-outs.  The majority of the state is under either a blizzard warning or winter storm warning, and the Minneapolis area could see up to 15 inches of snow by Monday afternoon.

In western Wisconsin, a string of accidents occurred Sunday along Interstate 94, where cars collided, spun out or got stuck in snow-covered ditches.  Most of the state remains under a winter storm warning and another 1 to 3 inches of snow is possible by Monday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Over in Michigan, drivers from Grand Rapids to Detriot had to stop their vehicles Sunday to clear their windshields as the storm moved in and rapidly diminished visibility.  Across the state, plows and salt trucks were out, trying to stay ahead of the rapidly deteriorating road conditions.  A winter storm warning remains in Michigan, where 6 to 10 inches of snow fell Sunday night into Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Elsewhere, in the Northeast, winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories remain in effect until late Monday.  In New York City, Philadelphia, Connecticut, and Rhode Island up to four inches of snow are expected to fall, while the western parts of New York and Pennsylvania could see about half a foot of snow.

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Deadly Snowstorm Blasts Midwest; Freezing Temperatures Follow

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Midwest residents are bracing for bitter cold temperatures Monday after a powerful snow storm has been blamed for at least half a dozen deaths, canceled flights and the collapse of the Metrodome's roof in Minneapolis Sunday.

From Minnesota to Chicago, the massive storm -- 1,500 miles across at its widest part -- dumped a foot-and-a-half of snow in some areas.  The snowy conditions have been blamed for at least six deaths over the weekend as motorists endured zero visibility driving conditions amid highway closings in five states.

The blast of Canadian cold air headed southward after the season's first snowfall swept through cities in the midwest and the northeast.  Now these cities are experiencing frigid cold temperatures.  Winter weather warnings have been issued for 30 states along the East Coast including a freeze warning in Florida, with temperatures in some areas expected to fall into the 20s.

Monday in Minneapolis, temperatures are expected to drop to 15 degrees with a low of only two degrees.  This, after the city was hit with the worst snowfall in almost 20 years, with more than two feet of snow in some areas.

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Pre-Winter Storm Buries Parts of Midwest

Photo Courtesy - ABC News/KSTP-TV Minneapolis(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Parts of the Midwest are breaking out the snow blowers to dig out from one of the heaviest pre-Thanksgiving snow storms in years.

The storm, which brought nearly a foot of snow in some areas of Minnesota, is being blamed for more than 400 traffic accidents and two deaths in Wisconsin.

The last time a November storm hit the Midwest this hard was 1991.

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Fierce Winds Continue to Tear Through the Midwest

Photo Courtesy - ABC News, WLS-TV(NEW YORK) -- Violent winds continued to rip through the Midwest Tuesday.

Residents living in Midwestern states have experienced winds upwards of 70 mph, according to local media reports.

The National Weather Service now predicts "the development of widespread winds and a few tornadoes" for regions spanning the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys as well as the Great Lakes region throughout Wednesday.  Storms are also expected to reach the Lower Mississippi Valley and parts of the Appalachians.

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