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At least 11 dead as storms stretch across South

At least 11 dead as storms stretch across South
© Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office

At least seven people have died in recent days as severe storms with strong wind and overpowering rain sweep across the southern U.S.

The bodies of an elderly couple were discovered in Louisiana, according to the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, with a search for additional victims underway. A man was also killed in Louisiana when a tree fell on his home.

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Three people are also confirmed dead in Carrollton, Ala., according to the National Weather Service in Birmingham, Ala.

One person was also killed Friday when a car flipped into a creek in Dallas, according to The Associated Press

One man, Randall Hyatt, 58, drowned in Kiowa, Oklahoma, and one person died on an icy highway in Iowa, the AP reported. 
 
Two first responders died Saturday in Lubbock, Texas after being hit by a vehicle while working at a traffic accident in icy conditions, according to the AP. Lubbock Police Chief Floyd Mitchell called it an “extremely tragic day” in the city.

Elsewhere, a tornado watch has been issued for North Georgia, and a reported 30 trains were knocked off tracks in Mississippi. 

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Damage from the storms was also seen in Memphis, Tenn., Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Outages were also reported for tens of thousands of households in several states.

More than 18 million people were at increased risk of storms Saturday morning, including from strong tornadoes, flooding rains and wind gusts that could exceed 80 mph, reported the national Storm Prediction Center.

-Marina Pitofsky contributed to this report, updated at 9:45 p.m.