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Posted: Feb 29, 2012 7:27 AM

Updated: Feb 29, 2012 7:28 AM

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - At least one person has been killed in southwest Missouri as possible tornadoes whipped the Midwest, causing numerous injuries and significant damage.

Lt. Dana Eagan of the Dallas County Sheriff's Office says one person was killed and 13 others injured when a possible tornado hit a mobile home park south of Buffalo. She did not have any details on the person who died.

National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Griffin says that in Branson, Mo., there were at least a dozen injuries including people trapped in their homes. He says the apparent tornado moved through downtown Branson, heavily damaging the city's famous theaters.

Elsewhere, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback declared a state of emergency late Tuesday after an apparent tornado struck Harveyville.

The declaration covered Wabaunsee County, southwest of Topeka. A news release from the governor's office said one person was critically injured and "a number of homes" and a church were damaged, and trees and power lines were down.

Earlier, the National Weather Service reported brief tornado touchdowns southwest of Hutchinson, Kan.

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