At least 17 killed by tornadoes in Arkansas

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At Mayflower and Vilonia many buildings were completely destroyed. At least 17 people were killed. Among the ruins was a new $14 million intermediate school that was set to open this fall. Many people went on their cellars. “About 30 vehicles — large trucks, sedans, pickup trucks — were going through there when the funnel cloud passed over,” said Bill Sadler, a spokesman for the Arkansas State Police. The Arkansas twister shredded cars, trucks and 18-wheelers stuck along Interstate 40 north of Little Rock. Fortunately, no one was killed from thir drivers. From his visit in Philippines, President Barack Obama sent his condolences to those affected by the tornado and promised that the federal government would help in the recovery. More storms were expected Monday in the South and Mississippi Valley.

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