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Monday, 11 November, 2002, 23:02 GMT
In pictures: US tornadoes
A series of powerful tornadoes has whipped across eastern United States, leaving at least 30 people dead and dozens more homeless.

Tornado whips through Tiffin, Ohio
Dozens of tornadoes cut a swath through eastern America, battering towns and cities.

Funnel cloud near West Mansfield, Ohio
The band of storms stretched from Louisiana to Pennsylvania, with Alabama and Tennessee hardest hit.

Devastation and tears in Tennessee
The tornadoes flattened buildings, leaving a pile of debris where homes once stood.

Distraught woman cries in front of her destroyed home in Carbon Hill, Alabama
For many victims, the loss was too great to bear.

Car lies upside down in auditorium of wrecked cinema, Van Wert, Ohio
Some people had a lucky escape - minutes after this cinema cleared, the building blew in.

Destroyed trailer, near Bowling Green, Ohio
The havoc wreaked by the storms literally turned people's lives upside down.

Residents of a destroyed trailer park in Convington, Tennessee
Fragile trailer parks and mobile homes were pulverised by winds of up to 140 mph (225 kph).

Tree split in half by storm, near Continental, Ohio
The ferocious storms uprooted trees and downed power lines, leaving thousands of people without electricity.

Residents inspect the remains of their neighbours' home, in Clarksville, Tennessee
As the winds subsided, dazed residents emerged from shelters to inspect what remained of their homes.

Children sit on the steps of their destroyed school in Carbon Hill, Alabama
Whole communities devastated by the storms are now faced with the long task of cleaning up and rebuilding what they have lost.

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The BBC's Mark Orchard in Washington
"In Tennessee more than 120 people are still missing in one town"
Mark Rose of US National Weather Service
"We don't attribute this to global warming per se"
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