Tornadoes Rock Midwest, South

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WASHINGTON - Federal assistance is on the way for the victims of the tornadoes that tore through the Midwest and South, leveling entire communities.

So far this year there have been more than 800-tornadoes, making this one of the most active seasons in 50-years.

Tornados Hit Without Warning

"It was very scary," one tornado survivor said.

The storms that sparked the deadly tornadoes were frightening and intense.

Survivors say the twisters struck without warning just as many families were preparing to have dinner.

One survivor said, "It was clear, there weren't any clouds, there wasn't any rain. And we sat back down and was talking a little bit longer and it just kept getting louder."

Another said, "We didn't have time to shut the back door, and the wind took it away from us."

More than three dozen tornadoes tore through the Plains and the South. And at least six people died in the small mining town of hard-hit Picher, Oklahoma.

"This is utterly devastating. This is just like a bomb dropped out of the sky and hit and just destroyed everything in its path," Lt. George Brown of the Picher Police Department said.

Matters could have been much worse here, as life-long residents have been moving out to escape the pollution.

"When I went around the corner and didn't know where I was. I've lived here all my life," said one resident.

Small Town of Kite Destroyed

In all more than 20 people were killed in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Georgia. Hundreds more were injured.

In Johnson County, Georgia - a spokesperson with the sheriff's department said the small town of Kite was destroyed.

But today, one father is grateful his family is alive. He described how his son barely escaped death when a tree crashed through his room, pinning him under a pile of rubble.

"And I pulled him out this little hole right here. and if you can see this stub, if he had been six feet over, that would've went right through his chest," the boy's father said.

Nearly 100 people have died in tornadoes so far this year.

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John Jessup

John Jessup

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