11 dead as tornadoes, heavy rain, wicked winds lash southern US, Midwest
A two-day pounding of severe weather across portions of the southern U.S. and into the Midwest left 11 people dead, prompting two governors to declare states of emergency as tornadoes, heavy rainfall and high winds ravaged the region.
Two first responders in Lubbock, Texas, were among the fatalities, killed when they were hit by a vehicle at the scene of a traffic accident in icy conditions. In Oklahoma, a man drowned after being swept away from his stalled truck by floodwaters. And in Alabama, a tornado with winds up to 134 mph descended on Pickens County and killed three.