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Tornadoes can form anytime of year, but occur most frequently in April, May, and June, due to favorable weather conditions. Earlier this week a massive 200-mile-per-hour EF5 tornado hit Moore, Okla., killing some two dozen people, damaging thousands of structures, and causing an estimated $2 billion in damage. This year, twisters have already touched down in Kansas, Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and Alabama. ( 46 photos total)
A woman carries a child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on May 20. A tornado as much as half a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)     

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MAXIMUM EFFORT
MAXIMUM EFFORT: A choir sang during a concert in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday. The country is celebrating the birth centennial of its founder, Kim Il Sung. (David Guttenfelder/Associated Press)

A HEATED RACE
A HEATED RACE: Cups lay on the ground near a water stop in Wellesley, Mass., during the Boston Marathon Monday. Kenyan Wesley Korir won the men’s division with a heat-slowed time of 2 hours, 12 minutes, 40 seconds. Fellow Kenyan Sharon Cherop won the women’s race. (Michael Dwyer/Associated Press)

STANDING ON A SHOAL
STANDING ON A SHOAL: A man stood on the exposed shoal of the Hanjiang River Monday. A lack of rainfall has contributed to a severe drought throughout Hubei province, China. (Cheng Fuhua/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

CASUALTY CONFIRMATION
CASUALTY CONFIRMATION: Afghan police officers used cellphones to photograph the body of an insurgent in a bullet-riddled building in Kabul Monday. At least 36 militants were killed in brazen attacks that began Sunday in the capital and elsewhere. At least 11 victims were killed. (Bay Ismoyo/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

DEFIANT
DEFIANT: Anders Behring Breivik, who admitted to a July 22, 2011, bomb-and-shooting massacre in Norway, pleaded not guilty on the first day of his trial in Oslo Monday. Mr. Breivik flashed a closed-fist salute in the courtroom. (Odd Andersen/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

IN SHOCK
IN SHOCK: Carole Beckett held her head as she sorted through the rubble of her tornado-damaged home in Woodward, Okla., Sunday. At least six people died in the town as severe storms swept across the area over the weekend. (Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman/Associated Press)

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Deadly storms struck again yesterday in the states of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. It was a storm system that followed the massive, highest-rated EF5 twister that struck Joplin, Mo., on Sunday. The Joplin twister, which killed more than 120 people, is the eighth deadliest storm on record in the United States dating back to 1840. This year's tornado season has produced approximately 1,000 twisters and has taken the lives of more than 300 people. -- Lloyd Young
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Debbie Surlin salvages items from her parent's home in Joplin, Mo. Wednesday, May 25, 2011. The home's residents Beverly and Roy Winans rode out the EF-5 tornado by hiding under a bed in the home. The tornado tore through much of the city Sunday, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses and killing at least 123 people. (Charlie Riedel/Associated Press)

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