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Tornadoes spawned by huge system pulverize U.S. homes; 1 dead

A monster storm system tore through the U.S. South and Midwest on Friday, spawning tornadoes that shredded homes and shopping centres, overturned vehicles and uprooted trees as people raced for shelter. At least one person was reported dead and two dozen or more were hurt, some critically, in the Little Rock area.

Upturned vehicles are seen next to damages structures after a tornado swept through Coralville, Iowa, March 31, 2023. (AP Photo/Ryan Foley)

Fiona, Ian retired from list of tropical cyclone names

Weather officials announced Wednesday that they're retiring the names Fiona and Ian from the rotating list of Atlantic tropical cyclone names because of the death and destruction caused by the most recent storms with those names.