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Festive period hails deadly tornado season in US

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Festive period hails deadly tornado season in US


With the festive period comes the onset of tornado season in the US.

Severe storms across the south and midwest have killed at least seven people and injured dozens more.

In northern Mississippi, authorities report four people died when a tornado raged through the state, touching down in Clarksdale before moving east into Tennessee. One of those, a seven-year-old boy is said to have died when the car he was travelling in was struck by a tree.

Two people have been confirmed dead in Tennessee and one in Arkansas, while several people are missing, according to emergency and law enforcement officials in the region.

Dozens of homes have been damaged or destroyed and holiday travel plans severely disrupted in some areas.

Parts of Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Mississippi should remain alert to storms, according to the Storm Prediction Center.

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