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Widespread damage and casualties reported as tornadoes rip through Deep South

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A slow-moving and powerful storm system has brought day after day of severe weather across the Mississippi Valley and Deep South this week with numerous tornadoes reported that have caused widespread damage and several casualties.

Over the past two days, the Storm Prediction Center has received over 100 preliminary tornado reports across Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. Some of the tornadoes have been extremely large and long-track twisters. Heavy damage has been reported in many communities across these states and National Weather Service officials will now go through the tedious process of evaluating the damage and providing estimates of the strength of these tornadoes.

The forecast was in place well in advance of this storm system, calling for several days of severe weather with strong tornadoes possible. Unfortunately, it was very well done and advanced notice was there.

Powerful jet stream winds combined with a warm, moist, and extremely unstable air mass has created a prime atmosphere for producing discrete supercells capable of producing very large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes. In addition to the severe weather, the slow-moving nature of the storms has caused widespread flash flooding with many areas reporting several inches of rainfall.

See the list below for damage photos.

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In this handout provided by the Arkansas National Guard, Arkansas National Guardsmen from the Conway based Special Troops Battalion, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assist a family salvage heirlooms amongst the debris following a deadly tornado April 28, 2014 in Mayflower, Arkansas. Arkansas National Guard members continue to respond to emergency declared disaster areas within the state of Arkansas. At least 11 people were killed Monday after a tornadoes touched down in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, bringing the overall death toll from two days of severe weather to at least 28.

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Volunteer Gina Lowe (C) helps a family move belongings from a home that was destroyed by a tornado on Sunday, April 29, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas. After deadly tornadoes ripped through the region leaving more than a dozen dead, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee are all under watch as multiple storms are expected over the next few days.

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The remains of a large truck destroyed by a tornado on Sunday evening rests amid the debris, on April 29, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas. After deadly tornadoes ripped through the region leaving more than a dozen dead, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee are all under watch as multiple storms over the next few days are expected.

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Tornado Outbreak Damage

John Folked uses an electric saw to cut downed power lines where his Realty business once stood before a tornado destroyed it two days earlier, on April 29, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas. After deadly tornadoes ripped through the region leaving more than a dozen dead, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee are all under watch as multiple storms are expected over the next few days.

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Tornado Outbreak Damage

In this handout provided by the Arkansas National Guard, Arkansas National Guardsmen from the Conway based Special Troops Battalion, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assist a family salvage heirlooms amongst the debris following a deadly tornado April 28, 2014 in Mayflower, Arkansas. Arkansas National Guard members continue to respond to emergency declared disaster areas within the state of Arkansas. At least 11 people were killed Monday after a tornadoes touched down in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, bringing the overall death toll from two days of severe weather to at least 28.

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Tornado Outbreak Damage Mark Wilson/Getty Images

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A man walks past a building that was destroyed by a tornado yesterday when it tore through the area for the second time in three years, on April 28, 2014 in Mayflower, Arkansas. After deadly tornadoes ripped through the region leaving more than a dozen dead, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee are all under watch as multiple storms over the next few days are expected.

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Cheryl Gubanski points to her trailer that was flipped on it's side and wrapped around a tree by a tornado yesterday that tore through the area for the second time in three years, on April 28, 2014 in Mayflower, Arkansas. After deadly tornadoes ripped through the region leaving more than a dozen dead, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee are all under watch as multiple storms over the next few days are expected.

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Tornado Outbreak Damage

Debris from a house destroyed by a tornado yesterday that tore through the area for the second time in three years is shown, on April 28, 2014 in Mayflower, Arkansas. After deadly tornadoes ripped through the region leaving more than a dozen dead, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee are all under watch as multiple storms over the next few days are expected.

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Tornado Outbreak Damage Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Tornado Outbreak Damage

An elevated view shows damage along the path of a tornado that yesterday tore through the area for the second time in three years, on April 28, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas. After deadly tornadoes ripped through the region, leaving more than a dozen dead, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee are all under watch as multiple storms over the next few days are expected.

Tornado Outbreak Damage
Tornado Outbreak Damage Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Tornado Outbreak Damage

A world globe rests in the debris after a tornado yesterday tore through the area for the second time in three years, on April 28, 2014 in Mayflower, Arkansas. After deadly tornadoes ripped through the region leaving more than a dozen dead, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee are all under watch as multiple storms over the next few days are expected.