REPORT: US death toll rises as severe storm pummels south

JANUARY 11, 2020

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BENTON, La. — Authorities say at least seven people have died as severe storms sweep across parts of the U.S. South, bringing high winds and unrelenting rain.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama, said Saturday via Twitter that three people have been confirmed killed near Carrollton in Pickens County. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency said that an “embedded tornado within a long line of intense thunderstorms” caused the deaths.

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Earlier Saturday, firefighters found the bodies of an elderly couple Saturday near their demolished trailer, the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office said via Facebook. The winds were so strong that the home was moved 200 feet from its foundation.

The couple, along with a 75-year-old Raymond Holden was killed in bed when the tree fell on his home and crushed him, brings the storm-related death toll in the state to three.

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