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Wild weather weekend to bring blizzard for Midwest, possible tornadoes in Southeast

Wild weather weekend to bring blizzard for Midwest, possible tornadoes in SoutheastA massive storm will bring wild weather to the U.S. this weekend: blizzard conditions in the Midwest and the chance for tornadoes in the South.



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Southern storms, apparent tornadoes cause damages; none hurt

Southern storms, apparent tornadoes cause damages; none hurtTwo apparent tornadoes touched down Saturday in central Arkansas, destroying shops as severe storms raking the South damaged some buildings and tore away roofs in northeast Mississippi.



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In wake of tornadoes, missing Alabamans located; no additional deaths

In wake of tornadoes, missing Alabamans located; no additional deathsThe 23 victims, including four children and seven people from one family, were all killed in or around the tiny community of Beauregard near the Georgia border, where the tornadoes uprooted trees and destroyed about 100 homes with 170 mile (264 km) per hour winds, officials said. Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said on Wednesday that search and rescue teams had located all the residents who had been marked as missing since the storms. “We are now confident we have accounted for all of the individuals that we had not accounted for” earlier, Jones told a news conference.



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The Latest: Weather Service counts 18 tornadoes in Southeast

The Latest: Weather Service counts 18 tornadoes in SoutheastBEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the impact of a tornado in Alabama and Georgia (all times local):



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Deadly tornadoes smash through Alabama, Southeast: What we know now

Deadly tornadoes smash through Alabama, Southeast: What we know nowFirst responders in Alabama were picking through the rubble Monday of a devastating tornado that killed at least 23 people. Here's what we know.



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Death toll from Alabama tornadoes likely to rise as search resumes

Death toll from Alabama tornadoes likely to rise as search resumesRescuers in Alabama stepped up the search for survivors Monday after two back-to-back tornadoes ripped across the southern state, with the death toll of 23 expected to rise further. “The devastation is incredible,” Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones told the local CBS affiliate. “I cannot recall at least in the last 50 years … a situation where we have had this loss of life,” Jones said.



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Death toll from Alabama tornadoes likely to rise as search resumes

Death toll from Alabama tornadoes likely to rise as search resumesRescuers uncovered widespread damage in Alabama on Monday caused by two back-to-back tornadoes that ripped across the southern state, with the death toll of 23 expected to rise further. “It looks almost as if someone took a giant knife and scraped the ground,” said Sheriff Jay Jones of Lee County, which borders Georgia. Another young victim, Taylor Thornton, died while visiting a friend in Lee County.



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At least 23 dead in Alabama tornadoes, winter not over for northeast

At least 23 dead in Alabama tornadoes, winter not over for northeastThe storms inflicted their worst damage on Lee County, Alabama Sunday, an area that includes the state’s largest city of Auburn, destroying numerous homes and businesses. Meanwhile, about 10 inches of snow was expected to fall in the New York City area by Monday morning with the arrival of another arctic blast, prompting all schools in the city to be closed and New Jersey to declare a state of emergency. Punishing cold winds will make it feel 15 degrees below zero Fahrenheit in Chicago Monday with the windchill effect, the National Weather Service said.



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Alabama tornadoes kill at least 23 and leave trail of 'catastrophic' damage

Alabama tornadoes kill at least 23 and leave trail of 'catastrophic' damageA tornado roaring across southeast Alabama killed at least 23 people, including children, and injured several others on Sunday as severe storms destroyed mobile homes, snapped trees and caused widespread destruction. Dozens of emergency responders rushed to join search and rescue efforts in Lee County, Alabama, after what appeared to be a large tornado touched down on Sunday afternoon, springing out of a powerful storm system raking the Southeast. "Unfortunately our toll, as far as fatalities, does stand at 23 at the current time," Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said. Mr Jones described the damage caused by the storm as "catastrophic, based on the destruction of homes that we've seen." "The devastation is incredible," he said. "I cannot recall at least in the last 50 years… a situation where we have had this loss of life that we experienced today." Debris in Lee County, Alabama, after what appeared to be a tornado struck in the area Credit: AP Drones flying overheard equipped with heat-seeking devices had scanned the area for survivors but the dangerous conditions halted the search late Sunday, Jones said. An intense ground search would resume on Monday morning. Mr Jones said the storm's path of destruction stretched for miles through his rural county. He didn't have an immediate account of how many were believed missing. Several people in Lee County were taken to hospitals, "some of them with very serious injuries," Mr Jones said. After nightfall on Sunday, the rain had stopped and pieces of metal debris and tree branches littered roadways in Beauregard.  Debris and a damaged house seen following a tornado in Beauregard, Alabama Credit: Reuters President Donald Trump tweeted late on Sunday, "To the great people of Alabama and surrounding areas: Please be careful and safe. … To the families and friends of the victims, and to the injured, God bless you all!" Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said the death toll could rise. "We've still got people being pulled out of rubble," he told the Birmingham News newspaper. "We're going to be here all night." "There are some children involved," Harris said later, following unconfirmed reports that an eight-year-old girl was among the dead. A fallen cell tower lies across U.S. Route 280 highway in Lee County, Alabama Credit: AP The East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika said in a statement that it was treating more than 40 patients as a result of the tornado and expected to receive more. Some patients had been sent to other hospitals, it added. Rita Smith, spokeswoman for the Lee County Emergency Management Agency, said about 150 first responders jumped in to efforts to search the debirs after the powerful storm hit. She said numerous homes were destroyed or damaged in Beauregard, about 60 miles east of Montgomery. "We've still got people being pulled out of rubble," Lee County Coroner Bill Harris told Al.com. "We're going to be here all night." This photo shows some damage at the Buck Wild Saloon, located on U.S. Highway 280, east of Smiths Station, Alabama, Credit: AP Photos posted on social media from a highway near Smiths Station, about 20 miles east of Beauregard, showed a large bar called the Buck Wild Saloon with its roof torn off and missing most of a wall after the storm swept through. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey warned residents on Twitter that more severe weather might be on the way. A state of emergency for Alabama, issued on Feb. 23 to deal with flooding, would be extended, she said. "Our hearts go out to those who lost their lives in the storms that hit Lee County today," Ivey wrote. "Praying for their families & everyone whose homes or businesses were affected." No deaths had been reported Sunday evening from storm-damaged Alabama counties outside Lee County, said Gregory Robinson, spokesman for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. But he said crews were still surveying damage in several counties in the southwestern part of the state. Radar and video evidence showed what looked like a large tornado crossing the area near Beauregard shortly after 2 pm on Sunday, said meteorologist Meredith Wyatt with the Birmingham, Alabama, office of the National Weather Service. Numerous tornado warnings were posted across parts of Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina as the powerful storm system raced across the region. Weather officials said they confirmed other tornadoes around the region by radar alone and would send teams out early on Monday to assess the situation involving those and others. People walk amid debris in Lee County, Ala., after what appeared to be a tornado struck in the area  Credit: AP In rural Talbotton, Georgia, about 80 miles south of Atlanta, a handful of people were injured by either powerful straight-line winds or a tornado that destroyed several mobile homes and damaged other buildings, said Leigh Ann Erenheim, director of the Talbot County Emergency Management Agency. Televised broadcast news footage showed smashed buildings with rooftops blown away, cars overturned and debris everywhere. Trees all around had been snapped bare of branches. "The last check I had was between six and eight injuries," Ms Ereheim said. "From what I understand it was minor injuries, though one fellow did say his leg might be broken." Henry Wilson of the Peach County Emergency Management Agency near Macon in central Georgia said a barn had been destroyed and trees and power poles had been snapped, leaving many in the area without power.



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Death toll rises to 22 as tornadoes, severe storms hit South

Death toll rises to 22 as tornadoes, severe storms hit SouthBEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — A tornado roared into southeast Alabama and killed at least 22 people and injured several others Sunday, part of a severe storm system that caused catastrophic damage and unleashed other tornadoes around the Southeast.



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