Severe weather: Tornadoes damage homes as more states brace for storms

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(CNN)A rash of severe weather tore through the central United States, destroying houses and ripping large trees out of the ground.
The storm spawned tornadoes in five states Tuesday: Texas (2), Indiana, Oklahoma, Kansas (2) and Missouri, the National Weather Service said.

It also flattened houses in Howe, Texas, and Carney, Oklahoma, CNN affiliates KTVT-TV and KOCO-TV reported.
A 62-year-old woman died when a tree fell on her mobile home in Tomball, Texas, Harris County sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Thomas Gilliland said.

The threat of imminent tornadoes is likely over, CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri said. But fierce straight-line winds — which could reach up to 80 mph — will likely continue as the storm heads east.

Next under the gun: states along the lower Mississippi River, from Missouri to Louisiana. Those areas can expect severe storms through Wednesday night.

“Strong to isolated severe winds will be the primary hazard south, with a mix of severe hail and damaging wind north,” the weather service’s Storm Prediction Center said.

By Joshua Berlinger and Holly Yan, CNN

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