Extreme Winter Weather Lashes U.S. South During Holidays

After powerful tornadoes ravaged the Dallas area just after Christmas 2015, Texas was hit by a heavy snowstorm and swaths of the southern Midwest suffered flooding.

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Against a gray winter sky, volunteers use shovels atop a pile of sand as they help fill sandbags Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, in St. Louis. Flooding across Missouri has forced the closure of hundreds of roads and threatened homes.
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Two cars are submerged in floodwater in a park Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Kimmswick, Mo. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency due to wide spread flooding around the state that has closed many roads.
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A man runs as sirens sound during a severe storm over downtown Dallas, Texas on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015.
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Lightning illuminates a house after a tornado touched down in Jefferson County, Alabama damaging several houses on Friday, Dec. 25, 2015.
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Damage caused by a tornado is seen in Sunnyvale, Texas on Dec. 26, 2015.
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Damage of vehicles and houses are seen after Saturday's tornado spread out in Rowlett, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015. At least 11 people died and dozens were injured in apparently strong tornadoes that swept through the Dallas area and caused substantial damage this weekend.
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An emergency response team in Rowlett, Texas used a drone to capture the aftermath of an EF3 tornado on Dec. 27, 2015.
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A man stands before a heavily damaged residence December 27, 2015 in the aftermath of a tornado in Rowlett, Texas. At least 11 people lost their lives as tornadoes tore through Texas, authorities said, as they searched home to home for possible more victims of the freak storms lashing the southern United States. The rare December twisters that flattened houses and caused chaos on highways raised the death toll from days of deadly weather across the South to at least 28.
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An ambulance makes an emergency run in very poor conditions on December 27, 2015 in Lubbock, Texas. Coming on the heels of several strong tornadoes, some northern parts of Texas were experiencing blizzard conditions with wind gusts up to 50 mph and as much as 13 inches of snow forecast.
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A heavily damaged area is seen December 27, 2015 in the aftermath of a tornado in Rowlett, Texas. At least 11 people lost their lives as tornadoes tore through Texas, authorities said, as they searched home to home for possible more victims of the freak storms lashing the southern United States. The rare December twisters that flattened houses and caused chaos on highways raised the death toll from days of deadly weather across the South to at least 28.
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A driver receives a helpful push to escape from a snow drift on December 27, 2015 in Lubbock, Texas. Coming on the heels of several strong tornadoes, some northern parts of Texas are experiencing blizzard conditions with wind gusts up to 50 mph and as much as 13 inches of snow forecast.
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A highway worker tries to shield himself while walking to his truck on December 27, 2015 in Lubbock, Texas.
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A snow drift in Canyon, Texas, after a post-Christmas blizzard swept through the area on Sunday, December 27, 2015.
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