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Bricks and debris that fell from a building lay on top of cars after a report of a tornado in Springfield, Mass., Wednesday, June 1, 2011. An apparent tornado struck downtown Springfield, one of Massachusetts' largest cities, scattering debris, toppling trees, and frightening workers and residents.
Bricks and debris that fell from a building lay on top of cars after a report of a tornado in Springfield, Mass., Wednesday, June 1, 2011. An apparent tornado struck downtown Springfield, one of Massachusetts' largest cities, scattering debris, toppling trees, and frightening workers and residents.
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The Governor of Massachusetts has declared a state of emergency after deadly tornadoes roared through about two dozen communities in the state yesterday. At least 4 people were killed and dozens of others injured in the violent twisters. 55,000 homes are now reportedly without power. Governor Deval Patrick has also called up 1,000 national guardsmen for help, and FEMA officials are set to review the storm damage today.

In an update on another devastating tornado, the list of people missing in Joplin, Missouri is now officially down to 0. Officials say all who were previously reported unaccounted for have been either located or confirmed dead. For now, the death toll in Joplin stands at 134, which could increase if any of the 900 injured victims from the severe storms does not survive.

More than 8,000 homes and 5,000 businesses were damaged or destroyed in last week’s massive twister.

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