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Updated: May 1, 2010 12:48 IST

Officials: 3 dead, 25 hurt in U.S. tornadoes

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Felled trees lie strewn on the ground after last Saturday's tornado ripped a 149-mile path through Mississippi, causing a large amount of damage. Photo: AP
AP Felled trees lie strewn on the ground after last Saturday's tornado ripped a 149-mile path through Mississippi, causing a large amount of damage. Photo: AP

Tornadoes ripping through central Arkansas killed at least three people, injured 25 others and destroyed several homes, authorities said.

The deaths were reported yesterday in Van Buren County, north of Little Rock, where three mobile homes were destroyed, according to state Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Renee Preslar. Further details weren’t immediately released.

Teams also were looking for people in a damaged home in nearby Centre Ridge, Ms. Preslar said. “There are people possibly trapped there,” she said. “Search and rescue is going in for a possible missing person.”

Tornado sightings were reported just north in Culpepper, according to Arkansas State Police. A sheriff’s dispatcher said a sighting also was reported in the Oakland area, near the Missouri border.

Trees and power lines are down along interstate highways in both areas.

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