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Deadly tornadoes flatten north Texas towns

Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless

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A heavily damaged home in Granbury, Texas is seen in an aerial view on Thursday May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless.

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Emergency personnel look through debris on near Granbury, Texas on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon.

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A cleared home foundation stands out among the rubble in Granbury, Texas on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless.

RON T. ENNIS/AP

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A a roofless home is seen in Granbury, Texas on Thursday May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless.

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Heavily damaged homes Line a cul de sac in Granbury, Texas on Thursday May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless.

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Crushed autos sit amid the rubble as emergency personnel continue search efforts to locate people in that are unaccounted for in the destroyed Rancho Brazos neighborhood of Granbury, Texas, Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless.

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Crushed autos sit amid the rubble as emergency personnel continue search efforts to locate people in that are unaccounted for in the destroyed Rancho Brazos neighborhood of Granbury, Texas, Thursday, May 16, 2013.

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Heavily damaged homes are seen in Granbury, Texas, on Thursday, May 16, 2013.

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This aerial photo shows first responders sifting through the wreckage of a home Thursday, May 16, 2013 in Granbury, Texas. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon.

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This aerial photo shows the damage of a home Thursday, May 16, 2013 in Granbury, Texas. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon.

G.J. McCarthy/AP

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This aerial photo shows a piano and toy car among the debris of a home Thursday, May 16, 2013 in Granbury, Texas. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon.

G.J. McCarthy/AP

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This aerial photo shows a member of the Granbury Fire Department sifting through the wreckage of a home in Granbury, Texas on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon.

G.J. McCarthy/AP

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This aerial photo shows the contents of home's living area damaged caused by Wednesday's tornado in Granbury, Texas on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon.

G.J. McCarthy/AP

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This aerial photo shows a home with extensive damage caused by Wednesday's tornado in Granbury, Texas on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon.

G.J. McCarthy/AP

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This aerial photo shows a neighborhood that was damaged by Wednesday's tornado in Granbury, Texas on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon.

G.J. McCarthy/AP

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Rescue workers go through the rubble of a house left flattened by a tornado in this aerial photograph taken over Granbury, Texas on May 16, 2013. Six people were dead and seven missing after a powerful tornado ripped through a neighborhood that included housing for the poor in the north Texas town of Granbury, marking the deadliest severe storm outbreak in the United States so far this year.

BRANDON WADE/REUTERS

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This aerial photo shows a neighborhood that was damaged by Wednesday's tornado in Granbury, Texas on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon.

G.J. McCarthy/AP

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A row of houses are left flattened by a tornado in this aerial photograph taken over Granbury, Texas on May 16, 2013. Six people were dead and seven missing after a powerful tornado ripped through a neighborhood that included housing for the poor in the north Texas town of Granbury, marking the deadliest severe storm outbreak in the United States so far this year.

BRANDON WADE/REUTERS

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