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Snowstorm heads east after South twisters; flights canceled

Wednesday - 12/26/2012, 8:30am  ET

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- The storm system that unleashed damaging tornadoes in the Deep South and dumped snow and sleet on the nation's midsection is now working its way northeast.

The flight tracker FlightAware.com says more than 325 flights already have been canceled today in and out of airports that had been or soon will be in the path of the storm.

Blizzard conditions are forecast along a line stretching from Little Rock, Ark., to Cleveland, and some areas could get 10 inches of snow.

Drenching rainstorms rumbled across Georgia early today without causing any apparent damage. But Georgia Power officials say thousands of customers lost electricity in the state as the storm moved on toward the Carolinas.

On Christmas Day, the same storm whipped up numerous tornadoes in Louisiana and Alabama, knocking down countless trees and blowing the roofs off homes.

Oklahoma got snow, which caused many accidents, including a 21-vehicle pileup. Three people were killed by falling trees in Houston and in Louisiana.

Sound:

037-a-06-(Shane Tucker, Pearl River County Sheriff's Department, in interview)-"no deaths reported"-Shane Tucker of the Pearl River County Sheriff's Department says a tornado touched down in McNeill, Mississippi. COURTESY: WLOX TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (26 Dec 2012)

<> 00:06 "no deaths reported"

038-a-06-(Shane Tucker, Pearl River County Sheriff's Department, in interview)-"than they were"-Shane Tucker of the Pearl River County Sheriff's Department says he's amazed the tornado in McNeill, Mississippi didn't kill anyone. COURTESY: WLOX TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (26 Dec 2012)

<> 00:06 "than they were"

035-a-07-(Teresa Mason, Wiggins resident, in interview)-"and spinning us"-Wiggins, Mississippi resident Teresa Mason says she thinks a tornado blew through town Christmas Day. COURTESY: WLOX TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (26 Dec 2012)

<> 00:07 "and spinning us"

036-a-07-(Teresa Mason, Wiggins resident, in interview)-"at a loss"-Wiggins, Mississippi resident Teresa Mason says after the storm she saw trees down, home damaged and vehicles demolished. COURTESY: WLOX TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (26 Dec 2012)

<> 00:07 "at a loss"


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