Death toll from extreme weather battering southern US rises to 18

Published: Sunday 27th December 2015 by The News Editor

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The death toll in the US southern states climbed to 18 after a week of tumultuous weather including tornados and torrential downpours sparked flooding and caused damage that wreaked Christmas holiday havoc.

Two deaths attributable to weather were reported on Saturday in Mississippi – two people who have been missing since Wednesday, bringing the state’s death toll to 10. Another death was reported in Alabama.

In Texas, meanwhile, residents hunkered down for what the National Weather Service was calling a “historic blizzard”.

Some parts of the Panhandle could see as many as 14ins of snow, with sub-zero wind chills and accumulating ice. Residents in Lubbock and Amarillo prepared for a storm expected to begin overnight.

Published: Sunday 27th December 2015 by The News Editor

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