At least 11 people have been killed in recent days in the southern United States, which has been subjected to violent storms, which have destroyed several homes and cut electricity to thousands of homes.
Severe winds have hit several regions in the south of the country since Friday January 10th. They are expected to move east and north through Sunday, according to the US National Weather Service, which has issued warnings for several states, AFP has reported.
Authorities said that deaths from the severe storm were monitored in Texas due to icy weather, in Alabama from a deadly tornado and in Louisiana, where the winds were so strong, AP reported.
Among the dead were a policeman and a firefighter, local authorities said a car hit them in Texas while they were responding to calls about road accidents. In Oklahoma, a man drowned. The Midwest reported the death of at least one person on an Iowa highway. Bodies of a couple were found next to their storm-damaged mobile home in Louisiana, according to a source from country Sheriff's office.
"It's totally rolled over. It looked like a couple hundred feet into the back yard. Debris is all over. It's just a sad situation," Bill Davis said on a local TV channel.
According to the National Weather Service, three people were found dead in Alabama on Saturday, and local television broadcast pictures of destroyed homes and broken power lines.
According to AP, storms and a turbulent atmosphere have cut power to hundreds of thousands of people in Texas to Ohio. More than 200,000 people were deprived of electricity the morning of Sunday January 12th, with the press indicating that North Carolina and Alabama were the most affected. Floods have also shut down parts of highways in Oklahoma and Arkansas. In addition, hundreds of flights at Chicago's international airports have been cancelled.