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Rescuers pull kitten from Oklahoma tornado rubble

Photos by Sue Ogrocki / AP

Maeghan Hadley, right, of 1 Day Ranch, a pet rescue and rehabilitation center, reaches for a kitten pulled from underneath the rubble of a mobile home destroyed by Sunday's tornado in the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park near Shawnee, Okla., May 20, 2013.

Sue Ogrocki / AP

A vast area of the central U.S. was warned to prepare for storms on Monday, after tornadoes killed one and injured 21 in Oklahoma and also hit Iowa and Kansas.

NBC News reports

On Sunday, twisters killed two men in Shawnee, Okla., ages 79 and 76, and injured 21 others. The state medical examiner confirmed the second death Monday morning.

“You can see where there’s absolutely nothing, then there are places where you have mobile home frames on top of each other, debris piled up,” Mike Booth, the sheriff of Pottawatomie County, Okla., told The Associated Press. “It looks like there’s been heavy equipment in there on a demolition tour.”

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Members of the Chickasaw Nation search and rescue group dig through debris on Monday to locate a kitten buried in the rubble of a mobile home.