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Nine dead in severe U.S. winter storm

Christian Fernsby |
More than half inch of ice was predicted to cake highways and roads across the south and northeast from Saturday night to Sunday morning.

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Topics: U.S.    STORM   

Hurricane wind, golf-ball-sized hail and five to 13 centimetres of snow fell on Friday night and early Saturday as storms pushed from Texas through the southeast and Great Lakes into Maine.

More snow was expected through Sunday in parts of Illinois, Michigan, northern New York and New England, the National Weather Service said.

Two people were killed when the storm destroyed a trailer home in northwest Louisiana late on Friday, according to the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office.

Local media reported that a third person died after a tree fell on a home in that state.

A fourth person was killed on Friday when a car slid off the road and into a creek in Dallas, NBC news reported.

A firefighter and a police officer in Lubbock, Texas, were killed on Saturday after a car slid on an ice-slicked highway as they were investigating a traffic accident, Lubbock Fire officials said.

And three more storm-related deaths occurred in Pickens County in western Alabama, CNN reported, but details were not immediately available.

About 200,000 homes and businesses were without power across Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Illinois and Michigan, according to the tracking site PowerOutage.us.

The bulk of the nation's flight delays and cancellations were at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, with more than 1000 flights cancelled and hundreds more delayed, according to flightaware.com.

Tornadoes damaged or destroyed some buildings in Arkansas and Missouri, forecasters said.

The NWS said more than 18 million people in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma remained at risk of tornadoes and flooding rains.


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