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Major devastation as tornado-ravaged communities begin clean up process

Tornado Outbreak Damage
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Deadly tornadoes ripped through the Deep South starting on April 27, leaving more than two dozen dead. The storm system has also brought severe flooding to Florida's Panhandle. Residents of the tornado-ravaged areas in Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia immediately began the clean up process once the storms cleared, hoping to salvage any personal items in their damaged homes.

National Weather Service storm survey crews also began the tedious process to determine the strength and path of the reported tornadoes. Some preliminary estimates showed EF-3 and EF-4 damage in many communities.

Forecasters warned about this potential severe weather outbreak days in advance, noting the possibility of strong and long-tracked tornadoes. The Storm Prediction Center highlighted the entire region in a 4 to 8 day outlook starting late last week, giving folks plenty of advanced notice to be on guard and get prepared.

It will take weeks and even months for many areas to return to normal operations. Many homes and businesses were completely destroyed and any remaining portions of damaged structures will have to be demolished and cleaned up before the rebuilding process can even begin.

Tornado Outbreak Damage
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Tornado Outbreak Damage

A business that sold tornado shelters was damaged by a tornado, April 30, 2014 in Mayflower, Arkansas. Deadly tornadoes ripped through the region starting on April 27 leaving more than two dozen dead. The storm system has also brought severe flooding to Florida's Panhandle.

Tornado Outbreak Damage
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Tornado Outbreak Damage

Debris is scattered and trees are broke off after a tornado hit the area, April 30, 2014 in Mayflower, Arkansas. Deadly tornadoes ripped through the region starting on April 27 leaving more than two dozen dead. The storm system has also brought severe flooding to Florida's Panhandle.

Tornado Outbreak Damage
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Tornado Outbreak Damage

James Guideen looks for personal items near the bathtub that he sheilded his wife as their house was destroyed by a tornado, April 30, 2014 in Mayflower, Arkansas. Deadly tornadoes ripped through the region starting on April 27 leaving more than two dozen dead. The storm system has also brought severe flooding to Florida's Panhandle.

Tornado Outbreak Damage
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Tornado Outbreak Damage

James Guideen looks for personal items in the remains of his house that was destroyed by a tornado, April 30, 2014 in Mayflower, Arkansas. Deadly tornadoes ripped through the region starting on April 27 leaving more than two dozen dead. The storm system has also brought severe flooding to Florida's Panhandle.

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Tornado Outbreak Damage

Alice Simpson (R) gives a comforting hug to Cherie Bell as she visits her as she helps her parents salvage items from their home that was damaged on Monday by a tornado on April 30, 2014 in Louisville, Mississippi. Deadly tornadoes ripped through the region starting on April 27 leaving more than two dozen dead. The storm system has also brought severe flooding to Florida's Panhandle.

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Tornado Outbreak Damage

Memree Thompson walks around what was once the garage attached to her parents home as she helps them salvage items after the home was destroyed on Monday by a tornado on April 30, 2014 in Louisville, Mississippi. Deadly tornadoes ripped through the region starting on April 27 leaving more than two dozen dead. The storm system has also brought severe flooding to Florida's Panhandle.

Tornado Outbreak Damage
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Tornado Outbreak Damage

A damaged vehicle lays on the side of the road after it was blown over by a tornado April 30, 2014 in Mayflower, Arkansas. Deadly tornadoes ripped through the region starting on April 27 leaving more than two dozen dead. The storm system has also brought severe flooding to Florida's Panhandle.

Tornado Outbreak Damage
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Tornado Outbreak Damage

Two men work on an old Chevy truck that was damaged by a tornado, April 30, 2014 in Mayflower, Arkansas. Deadly tornadoes ripped through the region starting on April 27 leaving more than two dozen dead. The storm system has also brought severe flooding to Florida's Panhandle.