At least 21 people were killed after ferocious storms and tornadoes tore down buildings and causing mass destruction in the southern United States.
Hundreds others were injured.
Most of the deaths occurred on Sunday after tornadoes hit Arkansas and other states.
Monday’s twister in Tupelo, one of several to tear across Mississippi, damaged hundreds of homes and businesses, downed power lines and tore up trees, the National Weather Service said.
After the Monday’s tornado in Tulopo, officials imposed an 8 p.m. (0100 GMT) curfew and in some residential areas were closed off as emergency crews checked downed power lines and gas leaks.
The storm system later pushed into parts of Alabama, where emergency officials said at least two people were killed at a trailer park near Athens, Alabama.
Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe said at least 15 people had died statewide in the storm.
Nine of the victims on Sunday came from the same street in Vilonia, a town with a population of about 4,100.
State authorities reported that one person was killed in Oklahoma, one in Iowa and another one in Kansas,
The National Weather Service said the threat of tornadoes will last for several days as a strong weather system interacts with a large area of unstable air across the central and southern United States.
According to AP News, The National Weather Service posted tornado watches and warnings around Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia that were in effect through Monday night.
Deadly tornadoes batter Mississippi, Georgia, Indiana and Tennessee on Tuesday night and Wednesday.
The tornadoes damaged buildings, vehiches and trees.
Lots of houses were damaged in Solsberry, Indiana.
At least two people were killed, one in Georgia and the other in Nashville, Tennessee.
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A vehicle lies on a road after a tornado moved through Adairsville, Ga. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. A fierce storm system that roared across northwest Georgia has left at least one person dead and a trail of damage that included demolished buildings in downtown Adairsville and vehicles overturned on Interstate 75 northwest of Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Debris lays scattered along the road after a tornado hit in Adairsville, Georgia, January 30, 2012. Tornadoes were reported in four states killing two people including one in Adairsville as an Artic cold front clashed with warm air producing severe weather over a wide swath of the nation. REUTERS/Tami Chappell
A destroyed vehicle lies flipped on one side along the road after a tornado hit in Adairsville, Georgia, January 30, 2012. Tornadoes were reported in four states killing two people including one in Adairsville as an Artic cold front clashed with warm air producing severe weather over a wide swath of the nation. REUTERS/Tami Chappell
The Shanes family searches through debris of their families home after a tornado ripped through early Wednesday morning Jan. 30,2013, destroying several homes and businesses in Coble, Tenn. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Hurricane Sandy, after killing at least 69 people in the Caribbean, streamed northward, merged with two wintry weather systems and socked the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes with wind, waves, rain and snow. Some figures associated with Sandy’s rampage through the U.S., as of Wednesday night:
— Maximum size of storm: 1,000 miles across
— Highest storm surge: 14.6 feet at Bergen Point, N.J.
— Number of states seeing intense effects of the storm: At least 17
— Deaths: At least 98
— Damage: Estimated property losses at $20 billion, ranking the storm among the most expensive U.S. disasters
— Top wind gust on land in the U.S.: 90 mph Islip, N.Y., and Robbins Reef, N.J.
— Power outages at peak: More than 8.5 million
— Canceled airline flights: More than 19,500
— Most rainfall: 12.55 inches, at Easton, Md.
— Most snow: 34 inches at Gatlinburg, Tenn.
— Evacuation zone: Included communities in more than 400 miles of coastline from Ocean City, Md., to Dartmouth, Mass.
By The Associated Press:
Sources: National Weather Service, FlightAware, Weather Underground, AP reporting.