Storms Kill 19 in Mo., Okla.

Deadly tornadoes rip through the nation's heartland
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2008 9:39 PM CDT
Glenn Waggoner surveys a hole torn into the roof of the Pinecrest Private School by a severe storm Saturday, May 10, 2008, in Bentonville, Ark.    (AP Photo/The Morning News, Marc F. Henning)

(Newser) – Tornadoes ripped through nation's heartland today, killing at least 19 people in Oklahoma and Missouri and leaving a wide swath of destruction, AP reports. Seven people were killed in the small mining town of Picher, Okla., and another 12 were killed in southwest Missouri, officials said. Oklahoma rescuers were working to free people trapped in their wrecked homes. Tornadoes also struck Arkansas, but no deaths have been reported.