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May 11, 2010 8:40 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Oklahoma picking up the pieces after deadly twister

Violent weather in Oklahoma has left at least five people dead and dozens injured.

Officials in Oklahoma City say a young boy who was killed when hit by debris in his home. A man was killed when his recreational vehicle flipped over on top of him. And three people were killed in Cleveland County, south of the city.

The storms were part of a violent weather system that also spawned twisters in Kansas and that forecasters had been predicting since last week.

Widespread destruction led authorities to close Interstate 40, a major east-west route, just east of Oklahoma City. Traffic was backed up for miles.

In Kansas, the most serious damage was reported in Belmont. Several homes were damaged in the town east of Topeka and widespread power outages were reported. No injuries were reported.

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