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Extreme Weather Kills 15 in Southeast

Submitted by on December 26, 2015 – 10:22 amNo Comment

Unusually warm weather in much of the country contributed to unseasonal severe thunderstorms and flash flooding in the southeast. As of Saturday morning, the death toll had reached 15 in three states: eight in Mississippi, six in Tennessee, and one in Arkansas. Storms are also predicted to affect parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama.

“It’s more like something you would see in May,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Grantham. ”It was extremely anomalous.”

In addition to flooding that has washed out roadways and stranded citizens, a tornado was confirmed near Birmingham, AL. Gov. Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency for the whole state, while Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia declared a stated of emergency for several counties.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant issued a declaration of disaster.

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