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Deadly tornadoes rake Midwest

A powerful storm system has killed at least 9 people across the Midwest, roughing up the country music resort city of Branson and laying waste to a small town in Kansas.

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Residents walk amid downed power lines in Branson, Mo, Wednesday, Feb. 29.

The storm is expected to progress through the Tennessee Valley and southern Appalachians through Wednesday evening.

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Furniture and walls are all that remain after severe storms destroyed several homes and businesses in Harveyville, Kan., on Feb. 29.

Several deaths occurred in Harrisburg, Ill., after the storm destroyed a few dozen homes, according to a local TV station. A hospital official later confirmed the deaths.

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Residents gather the morning after severe storms destroyed several homes and businesses in Harveyville, Kan., Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Another death and an additional 13 people were injured at a mobile home park in rural southwest Missouri.

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Sherry Cousins and her brother Bruce Wallace of Hollister, Mo., sit in the wreckage of their secondhand store in Branson, Mo., on Feb. 29.

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