Severe storms sweep across the South; 1 killed in Arkansas

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The latest on the severe storms moving across the U.S. and the unusually warm December weather (all times local):

9:50 a.m.

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Severe storms are sweeping across the country’s mid-section and a death has been reported in Arkansas.

The Pope County Sheriff’s Office says a person was killed when a tree fell on a house near Atkins, which is about 65 miles northwest of Little Rock.

No other details have been released. The storm downed trees and power lines throughout the county and authorities warned people to stay off the roads as cleanup continues.

Much of the South awoke to tornado watches and heavy rain on Wednesday. The national Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma says the biggest threat for tornadoes will be in a region of 3.7 million people in Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and parts of Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky.

 

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.