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Rare winter tornadoes rake Midwest

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Midwest, USA
Chuck Kurtenbach, left, and his neighbor James O'Neal look through the wreckage of O'Neal's home near Niangua, Mo., Monday, January 7, 2008. O'Neal's home was destroyed by a tornado that also killed another man in a nearby trailer. A rare January outbreak of tornadoes raked the Midwest on Monday, flattening houses in several states and killing at least one person in Missouri. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

WHEATLAND, Wis. - A freak cluster of tornadoes raked across an unseasonably warm Midwest, demolishing houses, knocking railroad cars off their tracks and even temporarily halting justice in one courthouse.

Record temperatures were reported across much of the country Monday, and storms continued to pummel the nation's midsection as darkness fell. More warmth and storms were in store for Tuesday.

Tornadoes were reported or suspected Monday in southwest Missouri, southeastern Wisconsin, Arkansas, Illinois and Oklahoma. Two people were killed in Missouri.

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