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Deadly storm slams U.S. South

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 01:21

Feb. 12 - A paralyzing winter storm is being blamed for at least 10 deaths in the southern United States with ice and snow pounding the region. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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A brutal winter storm is being blamed for at least 10 deaths in the U.S. South. This deadly storm has also crippled travel and knocked out power for more than 330,000 customers. It was a nightmarish commute for drivers. Vehicles slid off the roads and got stuck in the snow Wednesday afternoon. Emergency vehicles were no exception. Officials in Charlotte, North Carolina, say the snow is falling faster than what can be cleared. Residents were warned of the dangers associated with power outages. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARK BASNIGHT, CHARLOTTE FIRE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN, SAYING: "It's likely that we will have some power outages. So we want people to prepare for that. Please try to refrain from using candles. There seems to be a spike in fires, but not only fires - fatalities - when people use candles." The heavy snow is also being blamed for a roof collapse on a Charlotte-area church. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WITNESS, DANIEL MCLEAN, SAYING: "I standing out here playing with my kids. And next thing I know, I saw a cloud of smoke. And I heard, like, some gun shots going off. Then the cloud of smoke disappeared and I saw the roof caved in." Hundreds of schools remain closed. And more than 3,300 flights were reported canceled and about 2,000 delayed.

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Deadly storm slams U.S. South

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 01:21