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Severe Christmas Weather Leaves Hundreds of Thousands Without Power

Dec. 26, 2012

Severe weather that spawned tornadoes in the US south has left hundreds of thousands without electricity Wednesday, local media said.

Some 243,000 customers were without power, according to power company estimates compiled by Bloomberg financial news.

At least two people were killed in weather-related incidents Tuesday in Oklahoma and Texas, CNN reported.

Meanwhile a tornado that touched down in central Mobile, Alabama on Tuesday evening caused widespread damage, including to a hospital, a high school and a historic church, the Press-Register newspaper reported.

The severe weather was expected to continue as the storms moved north, with the National Weather Service issuing a blizzard warning for parts of the Midwest and winter weather advisories in the north-east.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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