Storms Kill At Least 43 Across U.S. over Christmas Weekend

At least 43 people died over the Christmas holiday weekend in a series of storms that hit the South, Southwest and Midwest United States. Missouri and New Mexico have declared a state of emergency. Tornadoes were reported in 10 states, including Michigan, which recorded its first-ever tornado in December. The deadliest storms were in Texas, where at least 11 people died when tornadoes hit areas near Dallas. Now a historic snowstorm is heading toward Dallas after causing blizzard-like conditions in New Mexico, Oklahoma and western Texas. Another 10 people died in tornadoes in Mississippi, six more in Tennessee. Flash floods also killed at least 13 people in Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas, where as much as nine inches of rain fell on some areas. A Birmingham, Alabama, resident described the destruction after a tornado touched down.

Loretta Scott: “I feel grateful. I’m just thankful to be alive. I’m just thankful to be alive. It was so horrible. It was like clawing at the roof, and the windows just broke through, and the rain was so thick, and it was just like—it was a nightmare. And when the people said take cover, if I had not moved one inch back into taking cover, the whole glass would have been on my bed where I was laying. It blew out the windows.”

Christmas Heat Shatters Records Across East Coast
December 28, 2015

Meanwhile, heat records were broken on Christmas Day across the East Coast from Maine to Florida. On Christmas Eve, the thermometer topped a record-breaking 70 degrees in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

More Than 100,000 Evacuated amid Floods in South America
December 28, 2015

Extreme weather also continues around the world. More than 100,000 people have had to evacuate their homes in areas of Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina amid severe flooding.
England: 500 Soldiers Sent to Address “Unprecedented” Flooding
December 28, 2015

UK F looding

British Prime Minister David Cameron has deployed 500 soldiers to address “unprecedented” flooding in northern England. Scores of flood warnings have been issued across England, Wales and Scotland. We’ll have more on the links between record-breaking heat, tornadoes and climate change after headlines with a leading climate scientist.

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