Winter Storms Blanket U.S.

    MADISON, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 21: Sean Cairns of McHenry, Ill begins to scrape the windshield of his car December 21, 2012 in Madison, Wisconsin, a day after Wisconsin was blanketed with a record snow storm. Cairns was heading back to his home in Illinois. (Photo by Andy Manis/Getty Images)

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    At least one man is dead as severe winter storms struck across the country on Christmas day, bringing heavy snow, dangerous conditions, and even tornadoes to several regions. A tornado touched down in Alabama, damaging homes and knocking down power lines and trees. In Texas, a 25-year-old man was killed after high winds knocked a tree onto his truck. Others were injured and a dozen buildings were damaged when a tornado struck Louisiana, and homes were damaged in a Mississippi storm. Quarter-sized hail pelted western Louisiana, and in Oklahoma, icy roads led to a 21-car pileup. There were, however, no injuries. Travelers in the Gulf Coast are being warned to stay home due to the severe weather conditions. Parts of Indiana, Kentucky and Arkansas are expecting between 4 to ten inches of sleet and snow and Christmas winds could hit between 70 and 80 mph.

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