Storms Kill 2 People In Southern U.S., Thousands Lose Power


UPDATED: Sunday December 22, 2013 9:08 AM

Forecasters say a cold front extending from the Gulf Coast to New England will bring widespread rain and snow to the eastern third of the country Sunday.
    
A line of thunderstorms stretching from southern Louisiana to Indiana has been causing rivers and creeks to swell, flooding roads and spawning winds strong enough to force cars and trucks off of highways. The storms are blamed for at least two deaths in Mississippi. One man was killed when his mobile home overturned and another man was killed when his car hit a tree that had fallen across a road. In Arkansas, at least five people were injured and two dozen homes damaged when two apparent tornadoes touched down.
    
Officials said at least two people were killed Saturday.
    
In the Northeast, forecasters say temperatures could hit record highs in New York City and Philadelphia today, while northern New York and Vermont have been getting ice overnight. Freezing rain has coated roads and trees with nearly two inches of ice, leaving thousands without power.
    
Meanwhile, the Great Lakes region could be in for significant snowfall.

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