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Tornado Outbreak Kills 17 in Midwest

An outbreak of tornadoes Sunday night killed at least seventeen people in Arkansas and Oklahoma, as hurricane season got off to a portentous start.

Many of the fatalities were located in Arkansas’ Faulkner counter. “An entire neighborhood of 50 or so homes has been destroyed. Many homes are completely gone except the foundation,” a state legislator told Reuters. “There is more devastation like this in other parts of Arkansas.”

President Barack Obama promised federal help for afflicted communities. “Your country will be there to help you recover and rebuild, as long as it takes,” Obama said Sunday.

NBC News featured aerial footage of devastated areas:

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