Storm spells trouble in US before Xmas

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December 23, 2013

MONROE (LOUISIANA): A storm system is sweeping across the central and southern US, bringing tornadoes and wind gusts that ripped barn roofs and hurled trees into power lines, leaving thousands without power.

The foul weather threatened to cause flight delays and unsafe road conditions for some of the millions of people traveling ahead of Christmas.

December 23, 2013

MONROE (LOUISIANA): A storm system is sweeping across the central and southern US, bringing tornadoes and wind gusts that ripped barn roofs and hurled trees into power lines, leaving thousands without power.

The foul weather threatened to cause flight delays and unsafe road conditions for some of the millions of people traveling ahead of Christmas.

Officials said at least two people were killed on Saturday. A man died after his mobile home overturned in northern Mississippi and another man was killed when his car hit a tree that had fallen across a county road in southeastern Mississippi. Jasper County coroner Randy Graham said that a woman who was in the car was critically injured.

In Arkansas, at least five people were injured and two dozen homes were damaged after two apparent tornadoes touched down.

More than 22,000 people lost power in northern Mississippi. The National Weather Service said severe storms with damaging winds were possible early on Sunday morning in northern Georgia, including Atlanta. A flood watch for the region was in effect.


Courtesy: AP

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