Seventh tornado victim dies

Jerald Welch waits for his insurance agent to call after severe winds tore the roof off most of his house Friday near Rolla. Several homes and trailers in the neighborhood were damaged.

Jerald Welch waits for his insurance agent to call after severe winds tore the roof off most of his house Friday near Rolla. Several homes and trailers in the neighborhood were damaged. Photo by The Associated Press.

Shaken residents spent New Year’s Day sifting through the wreckage wrought by tornadoes that touched down in several states in the final hours of 2010, killing seven people in two states and injuring dozens of others.

Six of the victims — three in Missouri and three in Arkansas — died Friday as tornadoes fueled by unusually warm air pummeled the South and Midwest. A seventh victim who was injured Friday near the south-central Missouri town of Rolla died Saturday at a hospital in Columbia, said Bruce Southard, the chief of the Rolla Rural Fire Department.

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