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Tornado Death Toll Rises to Seven

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(ST.  LOUIS) -- The death toll from the slew of tornadoes that swirled across southern states on Friday rose to seven on Saturday, with two additional casualties in Missouri.  Four are known dead in that state.  Three people died in Arkansas.

Authorities say two elderly women were found dead outside their trailer in Phelps County, southwest of St. Louis and two others were killed in Dent County, south of Phelps County.  In northwest Arkansas, three people died when a tornado obliterated a house in the tiny town of Cincinnati.

Tornadoes were reported in three other states, as well.  Oklahoma, Illinois and Mississippi were hit by the New Year's Eve twisters.  In the deadly Arkansas and Missouri twisters, winds roared up to 165 miles per hour.

The seven fatalities make this the second deadliest New Year's Eve tornado outbreak on record.  The worst was in 1947 when 20 people died.

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