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Tuesday, May 4, 1999 Published at 10:40 GMT 11:40 UK


World: Americas

In pictures: The eye of the storm



A series of violent tornadoes tears through Oklahoma and Kansas, levelling houses pulverising cars and causing hundreds of casualties.


[ image: A lone Oklahoma motorist tries to outrun a speeding tornado]
A lone Oklahoma motorist tries to outrun a speeding tornado


[ image: Bright flashes as the storm rips through power supplies]
Bright flashes as the storm rips through power supplies


[ image: This giant tornado was thought to be up to a mile wide]
This giant tornado was thought to be up to a mile wide


[ image: The area is part of the mid-west's so-called 'tornado alley']
The area is part of the mid-west's so-called 'tornado alley'


[ image: In Oklahoma City whole neighbourhoods were flattened]
In Oklahoma City whole neighbourhoods were flattened


[ image: The search for survivors was hampered by power cuts]
The search for survivors was hampered by power cuts


[ image: After the storm residents recover what few possessions remain]
After the storm residents recover what few possessions remain





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