• In this Thursday, May 26, 2016, photo provided by Jason T. Williams, Ricky and Kayla Smith and their 2-year-old daughter Kailee pose in front of the tornado safe room built in their garage in Joplin, Mo., shortly after they got married in 2013. The couple was able to pay for the safe room with wedding gift donations. A trend in tornado-prone areas of the Midwest and South are for engaged couples to use their wedding registries and word of mouth to seek safe room donations instead of the typical gifts such as kitchen appliances or other household goods. (Jason T. Williams via AP)

    Storm safe rooms as a wedding gift? Sure, in Tornado Alley

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Never mind toasters, blenders and slow cookers. Joplin, Missouri, tornado survivors Kayla and Ricky Smith had a more practical request for a wedding gift — shelter from the next big storm.

  • Meteorologists with the National Weather Service inspect the destruction Thursday morning, May 25, 2016, of a rural home north of Abilene, Kan. The home was destroyed Wednesday night by a tornado the stayed on the ground for 90 minutes and 25 miles. (Tom Dorsey/Salina Journal via AP)

    Tornado damages homes but spares small northern Kansas town

    CHAPMAN, Kan. (AP) — Severe weather spawning numerous tornadoes roiled large stretches of Kansas for a second day Thursday, prompting residents to anxiously watch the skies but causing only scattered damage in rural areas and no injuries or deaths.