Tornadoes Strike Central U.S., Killing 2 in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A powerful storm front is rumbling through parts of the Plains, Midwest and South, spawning deadly tornadoes and producing heavy rain and large hail. Numerous structures have been damaged or destroyed in several states.

A tornado killed two people in Quapaw, a small community in northeastern Oklahoma, near its borders with Kansas and Missouri. An Ottawa County sheriff's dispatcher says the twister hit the city late Sunday afternoon. There are reports there's quite a bit of damage to the north side of town. Six people have been treated at a local hospital for tornado-related injuries.

The tornado reportedly also caused extensive damage and injuries in nearby Baxter Springs, Kan., which is in the state's southeast corner near its borders with Oklahoma to the south and Missouri to the east.

A state official in Arkansas says one person was killed by a tornado that tore through central Arkansas

Tornado warnings are in effect for parts of northwest Mississippi and western Missouri. In addition to the tornado strikes in Oklahoma and Kansas and Arkansas, twisters also reportedly touched down Sunday in Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri.