Repeat deadly storms “unusual but not unknown”

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There is no practical technology to interfere with twisters. Tornadoes have even been known to hit mountains without dissipating, said Thomas W. Schmidlin, a geography professor at Kent State University who studies twisters.

“It’s just been a bad year” for storms striking populated areas, Schmidlin said.

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Associated Press Writer Kristi Eaton in Norman, Okla., contributed to this report.

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