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Tornado in Reading causes major damage

A tornado swept through Reading Saturday night, killing one person and destroying at least 20 homes, as severe thunderstorms pelted the region with hail that some residents said was the size of baseballs, authorities said early Sunday. Reading is about 67 miles southwest of Lawrence.

The path of destruction from Saturday evening's tornado as viewed from Gov. Sam Brownback's helicopter during a tour of Reading Monday, May 23, 2011. About 200 homes were damaged in and around Reading, a town of about 250 residents, and one resident was killed.


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