Eleven die as severe storms lash swathes of US

At least 11 people have died after a series of severe storms swept through the south and Midwest of the US.

High winds, tornadoes and torrential rain have battered large areas of the country, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power.

Two emergency services personnel were killed and another was critically injured when they were hit by a vehicle while working at a road accident in icy conditions in Lubbock, Texas.

A deadly tornado hit Pickens County, Alabama
Image:A deadly tornado hit Pickens County, Alabama

Highways were closed in Arkansas and in Oklahoma where a man drowned when he was swept away by floodwaters.

Another person died in Texas on Friday night when a car drove into a creek during a heavy thunderstorm and in Alabama, three were killed by a tornado.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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