Violent storms in southern US states kill 11

TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION: Severe storms sweeping across the southern US have killed at least 11 people
TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION: Severe storms sweeping across the southern US have killed at least 11 people
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Severe storms sweeping the southern US killed at least 11 people, authorities said, as tornadoes and high winds upturned cars, destroyed homes and left tens of thousands without power.

The storms hit parts of the south on Friday and were expected to move east and north on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, which issued flood and tornado warnings for several states.

Among the dead were a policeman and firefighter who were hit by a vehicle in Texas after being called out to respond to traffic accidents in icy conditions, authorities said.

In Louisiana the bodies of a couple were found on Saturday near their destroyed mobile home after it had been hit by storms the night before, Bill Davis of the county sheriff's office, said.

“It’s totally rolled over. Debris is all over. It’s just a sad situation,” Davis said.

The weather service said three people had been confirmed dead on Saturday in Alabama, where local channel WHNT News 19 showed buildings reduced to rubble.

Other structures had parts of their roofs ripped off and downed power lines were strewn across roads.

The storms left more than 200,000 people without electricity early on Sunday, with North Carolina and Alabama among the worst-affected areas. — AFP

 

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