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  • 21.10.2020
Deadly storm across US south causes havoc
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21.10.2020

Deadly storm across US south causes havoc

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Ten people have died after frigid temperatures dumped heavy snow across the southern US, whipping up winds that snapped power lines and caused driving chaos.

Sunny weather helped melt some ice and snow but with sub-freezing temperatures expected to return overnight, there is concern that roads will have ice that is difficult for drivers to detect.

"Sunny days will help the roads but freezing temps will cause black ice," North Carolina Emergency Management said in a Twitter message on Thursday.
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"I know I sound like a broken record, but it's important to stay off the roads unless it's absolutely necessary to drive," North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said.

Schools and government offices were closed in several states on Wednesday and Thursday.

The National Weather Service issued freeze warnings over much of the South including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
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"One final cold night is in store for the area..." the NWS in New Orleans said on Thursday.

Forecasters expect lows mainly in the 20s Fahrenheit (-6 Celsius.)

In Virginia on Thursday, a 6-year-old boy on a sled slid onto a road and was struck and killed by a car.
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And in North Carolina, a 26-year-old man was killed when his vehicle went off a snowy road and overturned in a canal, officials said.

In Oklahoma, two people died on Wednesday in a fire apparently caused by the use of electrical space heaters, media reported.
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