Hutchinson, Kansas Tornado: Storm Leaves Destruction In Its Wake (VIDEOS)

02/29/2012 04:53 pm ET

Powerful storms battered the Midwest early Wednesday, leaving a path of destruction across several states. Tornadoes were reported near towns including Hutchinson, Kansas and the resort destination of Branson, Missouri, reported the Associated Press.

A twister also hit the small town of Harveyville, Kansas. The confirmed EF-2 tornado destroyed around 40 percent of the town, according to KMBC. In fact, every building in Harveyville was damaged.

The video below, from AP, shows a tornado near Hutchinson, Kansas. The town is about 40 miles northwest of Wichita.

In Branson, the storm caused damage to the town's theater district and injured nearly 40 people, according to the Associated Press. Branson's Walmart also lost its roof and a Best Western hotel was "completely destroyed," according to KTVI.

Elsewhere, the storm system left several dead. According to AP, at least six people were killed in Harrisburg Illinois and one person was killed in Buffalo, Missouri. The National Weather Service received reports of 16 tornado sightings across 5 states.

Scroll through the video slideshow to WATCH footage of the Midwest storm and the damage it caused:

Midwest Storms Videos

Photos of the destruction in Harveyville, Kansas; Harrisburg, Illinois; and Branson, Missouri:

Midwest Storms

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