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Monday, 29 April, 2002, 12:18 GMT 13:18 UK
In pictures: Tornadoes hit US
Several tornadoes have ripped through south-eastern states of the US, leaving at least five people dead, scores injured and a trail of destruction in their wake.

The weather system battered communities from Missouri to Maryland, tearing off roofs, uprooting trees and overturning cars as it swept eastwards.

Locals clear debris from the remains of a home near Marble Hill, Missouri
Billy Hoover, 12, was killed when a tornado ripped him from his bed in Marble Hill, southern Missouri

A man prepares to recover a pickup truck in Dongola, Illinois
Another tornado tore through Dongola, Illinois, leaving Janie Chamness, 69, dead outside her mobile home

A funnel cloud touches down near Interstate 81 in Shenandoah County, Virginia.
More tornadoes hit Maryland and Kentucky, killing another three people and injuring more than 70

Gene Cavender carries items from a relative's home after a tornado hit Murfreesboro, Tennessee
In Tennessee, at least 18 people were injured and more than 60 homes ripped apart

Clearing debris at Lonzo's Bar and Grill, southern Illinois
The storms reduced buildings in their path to rubble, downed power lines and smashed vehicles

Tony Reed and his nephew clear branches around a blown over utility building, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Elsewhere, snow hit Wisconsin; hail the size of golf balls pounded Ohio and high winds blasted Virginia
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