Winter Storm Claims Five Lives

    A car tries to navigate down a street littered with downed tree limbs and other debris after a tornado touched down Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 in the Midtown area of Mobile, Ala. A Christmas Day twister outbreak left damage across the Deep South while holiday travelers in the nation's much colder midsection battled sometimes treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews)

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    The sudden storm that has dumped up to 15 inches of snow and caused thunderstorms, tornadoes, and blizzard warnings across the country has claimed at least five lives Wednesday. The storm has also wreaked holiday travel mayhem, resulting in more than 1,500 canceled flights. According to the National Weather Service, 12 to 18 inches of snow is still expected in New England and across New York, and dozens of minor accidents were reported as travelers made their way home from holiday celebrations. In Texas, one man died as rare tornadoes hit the Gulf Coast, and icy roads killed four in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

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