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Last Updated: Monday April 26 2010 14:09 GMT

In pics: Tornadoes devastate America

Damage from the tornado

Tornadoes have ripped through the southern states of America, killing at least 12 people.

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Motorists were stranded as one of the tornadoes damaged roads and highways.

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These cars were destroyed as the tornadoes swept through the state of Mississippi - which was the hardest hit.

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Lots of vehicles were damaged, including this truck which overturned on a highway.

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Large trees were snapped in half and shredded as a tornado struck.

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This damaged line of trees shows the path of one of the tornadoes.

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Flagpoles were bent as wind speeds were estimated at 150 miles per hour (240 kph).

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This home had its roof blown off!

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But this little puppy looks pleased to have survived the devastation.

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The stadium lighting at this high school in Albertville, Alabama collapsed over the stands.

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These power lines were badly damaged in Alabama.

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A military helicopter lands at the scene to help with the search and rescue effort.