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Death toll from tornadoes climbs in US Midwest

New storm hits Arkansas damaging homes as region struggles to deal with deadly tornadoes

Death toll from tornadoes climbs in US Midwest
Theresa Mayfield (L) helps her cousin Elizabeth Vandenberg (R) salvage what they can from her trailer after it was destroyed when a tornado passed through the town on May 25, 2011 in Denning, Arkansas. The storm passed through the town damaging many of the homes as the region continues to deal with deadly tornadoes (Getty Images)
Death toll from tornadoes climbs in US Midwest
Damage is seen one day after a tornado tore through Joplin killing at least 122 people on May 24, 2011 in Joplin, Missouri. This year has seen an unusually high number of tornadoes, with 1,168 as of May 22, compared to an average of about 671 by this time, according to Joshua Wurman, president of the Center for Severe Weather Research in Boulder, Colorado (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Death toll from tornadoes climbs in US Midwest
Severe weather continued on Wednesday evening further east in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and north into Illinois and Indiana, according to meteorologists (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Death toll from tornadoes climbs in US Midwest
A storm-damaged sign stands in a neighbourhood after a massive tornado passed through the town killing more than 120 people on May 25, 2011 in Joplin, Missouri (Getty Images)
Death toll from tornadoes climbs in US Midwest
Much of Joplin, Missouri lays in rubble. The tornado that ripped through the town of about 50,000 people May 22 is being called the deadliest single tornado in the US in 60 years (Getty Images)
Death toll from tornadoes climbs in US Midwest
The Joplin tornado on Sunday was rated an EF-5, the highest possible on the Enhanced Fujita scale of tornado power and intensity, with winds of at least 200 miles per hour (320 kph) (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Death toll from tornadoes climbs in US Midwest
Damaged photos are seen in a home after a massive tornado passed through the town killing at least 123 people on May 25, 2011 in Joplin (Getty Images)
Death toll from tornadoes climbs in US Midwest
People look for items to salvage from a home that was destroyed when a tornado passed through the town on May 25, 2011 in Etna, Arkansas (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Death toll from tornadoes climbs in US Midwest
Anissa Horne looks for items to salvage in the debris that used to be her uncle's house before it was destroyed when a tornado passed through the town on May 25, 2011 in Etna, Arkansas (Getty Images)
Death toll from tornadoes climbs in US Midwest
April Roberts looks for items to salvage in the debris that used to be her friend, Sharla Rofkahr's, home before it was destroyed when a tornado passed through the town on May 25, 2011 in Etna (Getty Images)
Death toll from tornadoes climbs in US Midwest
Royn Watkins (R) helps his friend Leann Bobbins salvage from what remains of her trailer after it was destroyed when a tornado passed through the town on May 25, 2011 in Denning, Arkansas (Getty Images)
Death toll from tornadoes climbs in US Midwest
A destroyed home with grafitti reading 'God Saved Us' is seen after a massive tornado passed through the town killing at least 125 people and injuring around 900 on May 25, 2011 in Joplin, Missouri. Authorities were prepared to find more bodies in the town of 50,000 people where around 8,000 structures were damaged or destroyed (Getty Images)
Death toll from tornadoes climbs in US Midwest
A destroyed car is seen after a massive tornado passed through the town killing at least 125 people and injuring around 900 on May 25, 2011 in Joplin. EF-5 tornadoes are rare in the United States but already this year there have been at least four (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Death toll from tornadoes climbs in US Midwest
William Schaffer consoles Elizabeth Vandenberg as he helps her salvage what she can from her home after it was destroyed when a tornado passed through the town on May 25, 2011 in Denning (Getty Images)
Death toll from tornadoes climbs in US Midwest
Royn Watkins sits on what remains of his friend's Leann Bobbins trailer after it was destroyed when a tornado passed through the town on May 25, 2011 in Denning (Getty Images)
Death toll from tornadoes climbs in US Midwest
Damage is seen one day after a tornado tore through Joplin killing at least 122 people on May 24, 2011 in Joplin, Missouri (Getty Images)
Death toll from tornadoes climbs in US Midwest
Elizabeth Vandenberg stretches her arms out as she jokingly tells her friends that her living room view now has 'wide open spaces', as she salvages what she can from her trailer after it was destroyed when a tornado passed through the town on May 25, 2011 in Denning (Getty Images)
Death toll from tornadoes climbs in US Midwest
Alison Harkness holds her baby Cody Harkness as she looks for family photo albums among the debris that is left of her friends home that was destroyed (Getty Images)