Storms damage Branson, kill at least nine in Illinois, Missouri

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | 5:14 p.m. CST; updated 9:19 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 29, 2012

HARRISBURG, Ill. — Twisters roared through the nation's heartland in the early morning darkness Wednesday, flattening entire blocks of homes in small-town Illinois and Kansas and killing at least nine people.