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UPDATE: Deadly tornadoes, wind, hail hit Midwest

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JOPLIN, MO (WKOW) -- Tornadoes have ripped through parts of the Midwest, killing at least one person in Minneapolis and leaving at least 116 dead in the southwest Missouri city of Joplin.

The Joplin city manager says seven people were rescued since the storm struck Sunday night. The Missouri governor is hopeful there are still more lives to be saved.

Officials estimate the tornado damaged 2,000 buildings as it tore a six-mile-long, half-mile wide path through the city. Churches, schools, businesses and homes were reduced to ruins by winds of up to 165 mph.

The storm was part of a series that battered the Midwest Sunday night. Tornado warnings and watches were posted from Texas to Michigan.

In Minneapolis, a city spokeswoman says the death there was confirmed by the Hennepin County medical examiner. Only two of the 29 people injured in Minneapolis were hurt critically.

In Wisconsin, officials say a powerful storm has caused significant damage in La Crosse. There are no immediate reports of serious injuries.

Those storms followed a tornado Saturday night that swept through the small eastern Kansas town of Reading, killing one person and destroying at least 20 homes.

Back here at home, the mayor of La Crosse has declared a state of emergency after a severe storm hit the western Wisconsin town, tearing roofs from homes and sending emergency responders to search debris for people trapped inside.

The La Crosse Tribune reports Mayor Matt Harter made the declaration Sunday evening, hours after the storm hit.

Also Sunday evening, officials lifted a mandatory evacuation of a 15-block area near Gundersen Lutheran hospital after confirming there wasn't no gas leak as earlier thought.

Rescue crews were directing displaced residents to a shelter at Central High School, and the local Red Cross chapter had set up a response center at Lincoln Middle School.

Baseball and golf ball sized hail was reported across much of southern Wisconsin.

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