At least 9 dead as storms rip through US and leave 750,000 without electricity

At least nine people have been killed following horrifying storms that hit southern states in the US.

The shocking weather conditions took hold yesterday (Friday, March 3), with a series of tornadoes destroying buildings and uprooting trees in states such as Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Arkansas.

In Mississippi, a woman died inside her vehicle after a tree fell on her car, and another three people were killed from a falling tree in Alabama.

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It was also confirmed by Humphreys County that a man had died in Tennessee after similarly being hit by a tree.

There have also been deaths confirmed in Arkansas, where a man drowned after driving into high waters, as well as Kentucky.

Andy Bashear, Governor of Kentucky tweeted about the casualties: “Kentucky please add one more family to your prayers tonight. We just learned of our third weather related death, this coming out of Logan County."

So far, more than 750,000 homes and businesses in Tennessee and Kentucky have no electricity, and some are also without running water.

The storm is now expected to develop in more Eastern states, with warnings of significant flooding and snow.

In New England, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning as rain, snow, and sleet are expected to continue hitting the state today (Saturday, March 4).

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Meanwhile, airport officials in Maine have cancelled some flights throughout the weekend while businesses have decided to close in anticipation of the conditions.

Coastal flooding is also expected in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. While Maine and New Hampshire are preparing for up to 18 inches of snow.

The severe weather conditions have already taken hold in states such as California, which has already seen some parts receive up to 10 foot of snow.

Residents are being warned to be cautious, with Kentucky Governor Bashear tweeting earlier in the week that “there is a certainty of severe storms and significant wind gusts with possibilities of flooding and tornadoes.”

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