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Photos: Massive Tornadoes Lash the Plains

By Molly Cochran, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
May 22, 2013; 5:08 AM ET
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Severe weather slammed much of the Plains and Midwest over the weekend and through Monday.

There were 22 tornadoes reported across Kansas and Nebraska on May 18. A tornado that touched down near Rozel, Kan., caused one home to be nearly destroyed. No one was reported injured.

Several tornadoes touched down from Oklahoma to Iowa, including near Wichita, Kan., and Oklahoma City, on Sunday. People were missing after a tornado struck east of Shawnee, Okla.

Bradley Bender shared this picture, on Twitter, of storm clouds during severe weather over his home in Ankeny, Iowa.

Telephone poles toppled over on North Woodlawn in Wichita. Photo by Photo taken by AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Senior Vice President and Expert Senior Meteorologist Mike Smith

Hail, nearly 3 inches across, after it had been melting for 45 minutes. The hailstones covered the ground. Photo by Photo taken by AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Senior Vice President and Expert Senior Meteorologist Mike Smith.

A tornado touched down between Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport and Clearwater, Kan., on Sunday, May 19, 2013. It knocked down power lines and damaged three homes. Photo taken by AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Senior Vice President and Expert Senior Meteorologist Mike Smith.

The severe storm heading toward Wichita, Kan., on Sunday, May 19, 2013, showed a distinct hook echo on radar. The "mesocyclone" (rotating winds that cause the hook take its distinctive shape) was manifested by a rapidly rotating lowering cloud base. Photo taken by AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Senior Vice President and Expert Senior Meteorologist Mike Smith. For more details and pictures of the tornado that neared Wichita, Kan., on Sunday, May 19, 2013, read Smith's blog.

This tornado photo taken on Saturday, May 18, 2013, is courtesy of Twitter user @Slchunters. Photo Credit Anthony and Brittany Bargen.

This tornado photo taken on Saturday, May 18, 2013, is courtesy of Twitter user @Slchunters. Photo Credit Anthony and Brittany Bargen.

This tornado photo taken on Saturday, May 18, 2013, is courtesy of Twitter user @Slchunters. Photo Credit Anthony and Brittany Bargen. This photo is of the tornado in Sandford, Kan.

Tornado near Rozel, Kan., on Saturday, May 18. Photo Courtesy of Twitter user @WXtremeChaser.

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