At least three people were killed as tornadoes and severe weather struck the southern U.S., as the bad weather migrated toward the Northeast and threatened to cause further disruptions on one of the heaviest travel days of the year.
More than 600 flights nationwide were canceled and more than 5,000 delayed on Tuesday, according to the flight tracker FlightStats.com. Many were out of the Dallas-Fort Worth airport.
As of shortly after 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, over 450 flights had been cancelled and more than 500 delayed across the U.S.
Earlier, holiday travelers in the nation's much colder midsection battled treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions from a line of fast-moving storms that the National Weather Service Wednesday said were continuing to march eastward.
The storms were blamed for three deaths, and a Christmas Day twister outbreak left damage across the Deep South.
More than 100,000 customers were without power in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.
In Mobile, Ala., a tornado or high winds damaged homes, a high school and a church, and knocked down power lines and large tree limbs in an area just west of downtown.
Rick Cauley, his wife, Ashley, and two children were hosting members of both of their families. When the sirens went off, the family headed down the block to take shelter at the athletic field house at Mobile's Murphy High School.
"As luck would have it, that's where the tornado hit," Cauley said. "The pressure dropped and the ears started popping and it got crazy for a second."
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SOURCE: USA Today