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May 20, 2013
Oklahoma, other tornado-hit states brace for more

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) - When Lindsay Carter heard on the radio that a violent storm was approaching her rural Oklahoma neighborhood, she gathered her belongings and fled. When she returned, there was little left.

Sunday's tornado that tore part of the roof from Carter's frame house -- one of few such homes in the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park near Shawnee -- laid waste to many of her neighbors' places, and killed two people and injured several others.

"Trees were all gone. I walked further down and all those houses were gone," she said of her return home to the neighborhood.

The tornado was one of several that touched down Sunday in the nation's midsection, concentrating damage in central Oklahoma and Wichita, Kan. Two people were killed in or near the mobile home park, which is outside of Shawnee, a community about 35 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. At least 39 people throughout Oklahoma were injured, according to the state's emergency management director, Albert Ashwood.

The National Weather Service was forecasting more of the same for the region -- including Oklahoma City and Tulsa -- Monday afternoon and evening, warning of the possibility of tornadoes and baseball-sized hail. Residents of Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri were also warned to watch for bad weather Monday.

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Jerry Dirks, at right, hugs her friend Earlene Langley after a tornado hit Driks' home just south of Carney Okla., on Sunday, May 19, 2013. Dirks was in her cellar at the time the tornado hit. The Oklahoman / Bryan Terry
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A resident who did not want to give his name, searches through the rubble of his mobile home, in the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park, destroyed by Sunday's tornado, near Shawnee, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. AP / Sue Ogrocki
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Zach Champion walks through the rubble of his mobile home for his belongings, in the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park, destroyed in Sunday's tornado, near Shawnee, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. AP / Sue Ogrocki
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Lee Hoyle, of Chickasaw Nation search and rescue, digs through the debris of a mobile home in the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park, destroyed by Sunday's tornado, near Shawnee, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. AP / Sue Ogrocki
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Members of the Chickasaw Nation search and rescue group dig through debris, Monday, May 20, 2013, to locate a kitten buried in the rubble of a mobile home destroyed in Sunday's tornado, in the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park, near Shawnee, Okla. AP / Sue Ogrocki
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Maeghan Hadley, of One Day Ranch pet rescue, checks over a kitten pulled from under the rubble of a mobile home destroyed by Sunday's tornado in the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park, near Shawnee, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. AP / Sue Ogrocki
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Shawnee firefighters assist driver Marco Corr as he is taken from the cab of his overturned truck, in Shawnee, Okla., Sunday, May 19, 2013. Corr was taken out of the cab through the front windshield. The Oklahoman / Jim Beckel
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Alli Christian, left, helps Jessica Wilkinson as she looks for her dog Bella after Wilkinson returned to find her home near 156th street and Franklin Road destroyed by a tornado, Sunday, May 19, 2013, in Norman, Okla. The Oklahoman / Steve Sisney
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Marlena Hodson walks out of her home as her grandsons, Campbell Miller, 10, and Dillon Miller, 13, at right, help her sort through belongings after a tornado damaged her home Carney Okla., on Sunday, May 19, 2013. Hodson and her family left the home to escape the tornado. The Oklahoman / Bryan Terry
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Nancy and Jason Townsend sort through belongings after their home was hit by a tornado in Carney Okla., on Sunday, May 19, 2013. The Townsend's left their home to avoid the tornado. The Oklahoman / Bryan Terry
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Damaged homes are seen in Carney, Okla., on Sunday, May 19, 2013, after a tornado moved through the area. The Oklahoman / Bryan Terry
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Volunteers Brady Dean, left, and Sterling Offing scale the debris of a home in the Rancho Brazos subdivision Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Granbury, Texas. AP / G.J. McCarthy
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A smashed car sits in a debris field in the Rancho Brazos subdivision Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Granbury, Texas. The Dallas Morning News / G.J. McCarthy
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A woman's shoe lays in a field in the Rancho Brazos subdivision Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Granbury, Texas. The Dallas Morning News / G.J. McCarthy
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Trystan Hulsey, center, 14, surveys his damaged room as 12-year-old brother Dylan Hulsey looks on in the Rancho Brazos subdivision Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Granbury, Texas. The Dallas Morning News / G.J. McCarthy
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Don Hall, right, of North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse hugs Linda Lou Wilson in the kitchen of her damaged home in the Rancho Brazos subdivision Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Granbury, Texas. The Dallas Morning News / G.J. McCarthy
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Metal siding sits in stripped tree limbs in the Rancho Brazos subdivision Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Granbury, Texas. The Dallas Morning News / G.J. McCarthy
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Bobi Parsons scales debris as she searches the remains of her home for valuables in the Rancho Brazos subdivision Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Granbury, Texas. The Dallas Morning News / G.J. McCarthy
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From left, Kendell Arista, 6, looks up as her mother and father, Melissa and Rudy Arista, raise their hands in prayer during a morning service Sunday, May 19, 2013 at StoneWater Church in Granbury, Texas. The Dallas Morning News / G.J. McCarthy
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A tornado touches down southwest of Wichita, Kan. near the town of Viola on Sunday, May 19, 2013. The tornado was part of a line of storms that past through the central plains on Sunday. The Wichita Eagle / Travis Heying

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