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Death toll from latest tornado outbreak reaches 13

Three people were killed by tornadoes in western Arkansas early this morning, raising the number of fatalities caused by tornadoes in this latest outbreak to 13.

Eight people died in Oklahoma Tuesday night, most of them in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, officials say. Two more died when a tree fell on their van at about 6 p.m. on U.S. 281 between St. John and Great Bend. Their names have not been released.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman logged 47 tornado reports in five states yesterday, including 15 in Kansas. The SPC reports one person was injured when a tornado damaged several homes eight miles east-northeast of Great Bend.

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management reports six structures, including one home, were damaged by that tornado. Hoisington had one structure with damage. Great Bend had two businesses with roof damage and the Great Bend Airport suffered minor damage.

A small tornado touched down in Rush County between 6:30 and 7 p.m. approximately five miles east of Bison on K-4. No fatalities or injuries were reported, but a grain silo and outbuildings were damaged. Trees and tree limbs are reported down, along with flash flooding.

Meanwhile, officials in Joplin have raised the death toll from Sunday’s EF5 tornado to 122, with at least 750 people injured.