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Tornados, Floods Kill 12 in Midwest

Cloud to ground lightning strikes near storm chasers during a tornadic thunderstorm in Cushing, Oklahoma, May 31, 2013
Another violent storm system brought along tornadoes and floods to parts of the U.S. midwest, leaving at least 12 people dead.

A total of five tornadoes struck the Oklahoma City area late Friday, killing nine people injuring more than 100 others.

Among the victims were a mother and her child sucked out of their car while travelling on a highway.

Most of the damage and casualties occurred just miles from where a huge tornado killed 24 people just 11 days earlier.

The storm system also caused heavy winds and rains in Missouri and Arkansas where flash floods caused at least three deaths.

Elsewhere in the country, firefighters are working to contain seasonal wildfires that have threatened homes and scorched at least 80 square kilometers in California. More than 1,000 homes and businesses were evacuated as wind pushed the fires towards the Los Angeles foothills.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.