(WASHINGTON) — The death toll left by 15 tornadoes that blew through the Midwest overnight stands at at least nine, according to authorities, and that number is expected to rise.
The extensive damage caused by the storms in at least five states is only beginning to become clear. Meanwhile, more tornado watches are in effect in Kentucky and Tennessee, according to the National Weather Service.
The tornadoes touched down across Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Nebraska on Tuesday night, the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center said.
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