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STORMS IN SOUTH BLAMED FOR 11 DEATHS, INCLUDING THREE IN ALABAMA

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Powerful storms in parts of the South were being blamed for at least 11 deaths yesterday.

Alabama officials reported that three people were killed in a tornado in Pickens County.

Earlier yesterday, firefighters in Bossier Parish, Louisiana sifted through a trailer demolished by strong winds and found the bodies of an elderly couple.

The winds were so potent that the home moved 200 feet from its foundation.

A third person was reported killed in Louisiana. In Caddo Parish, Raymond Holden, 75, was sleeping when a tree fell on his home, crushing him.

In Mississippi, straight-line wind reportedly knocked at least 30 train cars off the tracks in Tallahatchie County.

Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington said a truck driver and a Benton police officer had a close call after being shocked by a downed power line.

“A power line was hanging across the road and an eighteen-wheeler truck ran into it and got hung up in it and the Benton officer got there to help him,” Whittington said. Both were expected to survive.

One person died in Texas Friday night when a car flipped into a creek in Dallas.


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