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As search for tornado victims winds down, cleanup only begins

Nam Y. Huh / AP

Tasos Pantelidis searches through a home destroyed by a tornado in Marysville, Ind., March 4. Calm weather gave dazed residents of storm-wracked towns a respite on Sunday as they dug out from a chain of tornadoes that cut a swath of destruction from the Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico, killing at least 39 people.

Eric Thayer / Reuters

Severe storms and tornadoes tear through the midwest and southern states.

The search for tornado victims was wrapping up Sunday, but the cleanup was only beginning, especially along a 52-mile-long stretch in Indiana where the scene was best described as "total devastation."

With a light snow and cold temperatures adding to the misery in places like hard-hit Henryville, Indiana officials were able to announce that no one else was still reported missing in the state where 12 died. Kentucky was hardest hit, with 20 deaths.

-- Reported by NBC News, msnbc.com and news services

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