DEADLY WEATHER HITS: At Least 9 Killed In Twisters - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

DEADLY WEATHER HITS: At Least 9 Killed In Twisters

MSNBC.COM - At least nine people were killed overnight as a line of tornadoes marched across the Midwest, flattening parts of several towns, officials said Wednesday.

Hardest hit was Harrisburg, Ill., where six deaths were reported, along with nearly 100 injuries and at least 200 homes destroyed or damaged by a suspected tornado. Earlier reports from state officials said the death toll was 10, but those were later revised down.

Forecasters warned more twisters could strike the Tennessee Valley and southern Appalachians through Wednesday evening as the storm system moved east.

Three other deaths were reported in Missouri, where a suspected tornado hit a mobile home park outside the town of Buffalo. One person died there and around a dozen people were injured. Two others died in the Cassville and Puxico areas of Missouri, state officials said.

On Tuesday night, at least 8 people were injured when a suspected tornado ripped through Harveyville, Kan. At least three of the injured are in critical condition, according to weather.com, and 40 percent of the town suffered damage.

NBC affiliate KSHB TV reported that an apartment complex and a church were among the damaged buildings in the town of about 250 people.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback issued a disaster declaration for the area, parts of which were without power.

Other hard-hit areas included Branson, the tourist hub, and Lebanon in Missouri.

In Branson, 32 people were treated at one hospital for injuries, mostly cuts and bruises. An apparent tornado moved through downtown Branson, heavily damaging the city's famous theaters and hopscotching up Highway 76, uprooting road signs and scattering debris.

The injuries could have been far worse had the storm hit next week, when the tourist season begins. click here to read the full story

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