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Six killed as storms sweep across southern US

FlightAware, a website that tracks airline flights, showed 550 flights had been canceled nationwide with 4,276 delays by midday. This includes Washington, D.C. The line of storms moved east and brought heavy rain and thunderstorms to Atlanta and the Carolinas, but the threat of tornadoes eased. At least 10 people have died in the storms.

People inspect a storm-damaged home in the Roundaway community near Clarksdale, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. At least seven homes were destroyed, according to Coahoma County Emergency Management.

A large tornado struck a 100-mile stretch of northern MS on Wednesday, demolishing or heavily damaging dozens of homes and other buildings in a six-county area before plowing into Tennessee, authorities said. Bobby Watkins said as he and his wife took a walk amid the destruction in rural Benton County, Mississippi, where four people were confirmed dead.

At least seven people were killed, including a young boy and a teenager, as killer storms barreled across the country Wednesday.

The threat of severe weather and flash flooding will continue Thursday along a cold front from the mid-Atlantic to the Southeast and Gulf Coast.

A man and a woman were killed in Perry County, Tennessee, the state Health Department said.

The National Weather Service officials in Nashville and Memphis are working to determine if any tornadoes touched land, and TEMA is working with the Tennessee Civil Air Patrol to schedule flyovers of counties with reported damage.

But Mosier says the storm system is indicating that the strong tornados are seemingly beginning to wind down. The old record, 72 degrees, was set in 1970. Forecasts indicated New York City would be warmer than Los Angeles on Christmas Day.

Here’s a list of what’s open and closed on Christmas Eve, which lies on Thursday, Dec. 24.

One year ago a tornado hit south-eastern MS, killing five people and injuring dozens more. Agency spokesman Greg Flynn said some of the injuries included amputations.

Walmart also said that it’s offering free shipping minimum-purchase threshold this Friday, which is typically $50, CNN reported. At least 40 people throughout the state suffered injuries. The tree left a gaping hole in the roof, authorities said.

Alabama Power Co. says about 3,500 homes and businesses are without power, most in the Mobile area and southeastern Alabama, where forecasters say torrential rain was falling at a rate of 5 inches an hour.

Much of the South awoke to tornado watches and heavy rain on Wednesday.

Only about half of the nation can expect the possibility of a white Christmas, while a flood watch has been posted for parts of Georgia.

Benton County Sheriff A.A. McMullen confirmed to CBS News that three people in that county were killed as a result of the storms.

Daisy Johnson, 68, said she and her husband rushed along with other relatives to their storm shelter across the street from the house after they heard a twister was headed their way.

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