At least 14 dead in US storm

    At least 14 dead in US storm

    Dec 25, Washington: A violent storm left at least 14 people dead and destroyed homes in several US South and Midwest states on Thursday.

    Mississippi was worst hit, with seven people dead, while six others were killed in Tennessee, news reports said. A seven-year-old boy, who was inside a car picked up and tossed in the storm, was among the dead.

    At least 20 tornadoes have been reported, knocking down trees and leaving thousands without power.

    Search teams have been combing through damaged buildings in the affected states, the situation complicated by the fact many people may be away for Christmas.

    Due to the heavy storm, a state of emergency has been declared by the Mississippi governor. Similarly in Georgia, the heavy rain caused flash floods and a landslide, jamming roads with traffic.

    The threat of tornadoes eased as the line of storms moved east on Thursday, but heavy rain and thunderstorms still caused flooding and travel chaos in Georgia, Alabama and the Carolinas.

    The Oslo Times


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