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Powerful Tornadoes Hit Oklahoma

The south-central state of Oklahoma has been hit again by deadly tornadoes, which barreled through Oklahoma City, not far from the battered town of Moore, where a powerful twister struck 10 days ago, killing 24 people.

Tornadoes hit Oklahoma City, the state's largest city, during rush hour Friday evening, smashing cars and trucks along a major interstate. Hundreds of people, desperate to escape the city, drove directly into the storms.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said so far five people have been confirmed dead, including a woman and her baby daughter near a vehicle along the highway west of the city. Fallin said she was "heartsick" that Moore, struck by a powerful tornado on May 20, could have been hit again.

The storms are moving east, toward the city of Saint Louis in the neighboring state of Missouri. The extent of damage will not be fully known until sunrise Saturday.

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