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Snow and ice in Illinois and Indiana as storm moves north

Wednesday - 12/26/2012, 9:20am  ET

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Snow and ice are covering roads in southern Illinois and southern Indiana, and officials are urging residents to stay home if they can.

State police report a number of slide-off accidents in the Evansville, Ind., area. And there are white-out conditions on Interstate 64.

An enormous storm system that brought snow and sleet to the nation's midsection -- and tornadoes to the Deep South -- is now moving its way toward the Northeast.

A lot of people who traveled for Christmas are having trouble getting back home today. Hundreds of flights have been canceled -- mostly at airports that were in the path of the storm, or will soon be affected by it.

The storm system has been blamed for three deaths and several injuries.

The National Weather Service says 34 tornadoes were reported yesterday in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

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080-a-14-(Bob Oravec (OR'-ah-vehk), meteorologist, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"were numerous injuries"-Bob Orave, with the National Weather Service, says the bad weather that has moved out of the south left damage behind. (26 Dec 2012)

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077-a-09-(Bob Oravec (OR'-ah-vehk), meteorologist, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"and New England"-Bob Orave, with the National Weather Service, says bad weather that hit the South and Midwest is moving east. (26 Dec 2012)

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GRAPHICSBANK: A car tries to navigate down a street littered with downed tree limbs and debris, in Mobile, Alabama, on texture, partial graphic (26 Dec 2012)

APPHOTO ALMOP104: A portion of the roof of the auditorium at Murphy High School is seen laying on the ground Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 after a tornado hit midtown Mobile, Ala on Christmas Day. (AP Photo/AL.com, Bill Starling) MAGS OUT (25 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO ALMOP102: David Webb walks in front of Trinity Episcopal Church on Dauphin St. in Mobile, Ala. on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. A tornado hit midtown Mobile causing extensive damage to the church. (AP Photo/AL.com, Bill Starling) MAGS OUT (25 Dec 2012)

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