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By Verna Gates
TUSCALOOSA, Ala., April 28 (Reuters) - Tornadoes and violent storms ripped through seven southern U.S. states, killing at least 284 people in the country's deadliest series of twisters in nearly four decades.
The clusters of powerful tornadoes -- more than 160 reported in total -- combined with storms to cut a swath of destruction heading west to east over several days. In some areas, whole neighborhoods were flattened, cars flipped over and trees and power lines felled, leaving tangled wreckage.
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