At least two are killed after 20 tornadoes tear through the Midwest bringing hailstones as large as baseballs, with up to 45 million set to be affected 

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Tornadoes have wreaked havoc across the Midwest, killing at least two people as a spring-like storm system posed a risk to 45m people from Texas to Ohio.

One person was killed in Ottawa, Illinois and another was in Perry County, Missouri.

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At least 20 tornadoes ripped through Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee and Iowa, the Weather Service said.

The Illinois victim was killed by an uprooted tree, Illinois's Emergency Managemeny Agency spokeswoman said.

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Minor injuries were also reported at an Ottawa nursing home, but the number of those hurt in the twisters was not known.

Meanwhile, one man was killed when an apparent tornado ripped through Perry County, Missouri, about 80 miles south of St. Louis.

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The individual was driving on the freeway south of Perryville, CNN reported.

Eight to 10 homes in the small town were badly damaged and winds were so strong that several vehicles were blown off of Interstate 55.

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Perry County Clerk Jared Kutz said search and rescue crews were going door-to-door and checking the highway to see if there were other victims.

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens said in a statement that a tornado was confirmed in Perry County. Authorities have not released any information about the person killed.

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And golf ball and tennis ball-sized hail was reported in Perry County and Galva, Illinois, respectively, reported.

Compact but strong storms known as supercells raked parts of the central U.S., causing damage from Arkansas to Iowa and Illinois. Wind-whipped wildfires destroyed homes in Texas.

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Forecasters were particularly concerned that the worst of the weather developed after nightfall - and worried it would continue overnight and hit communities while people slept.

While weather conditions typically improve after nightfall, as the atmosphere cools, the Storm Prediction Center posted tornado watches late Tuesday for the area from eastern Kansas and Oklahoma to near Cincinnati.


It warned that significant tornadoes with...
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