Jaquish Fox, 10, climbs over broken pines trees as he helps clean up the home of his aunt, Kimberly Jackson, after a tornado struck Holly Springs, Mississippi, December 24, 2015. REUTERS/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal/Thomas Wells
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Rescue workers and heartbroken residents Friday sifted through what was left of homes wiped out by several ferocious storms and tornadoes that killed at least 14 people in southeastern United States.More than a dozen tornadoes were reported in six states, with the southern states of Mississippi and Alabama hardest hit. Seven people were confirmed dead there and another 60 injured, with one person missing, said the Mississippi emergency management agency.Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency in seven counties after the storms caused widespread damage.The East Coast meanwhile was enjoying unseasonably warm weather, with temperatures in New York's iconic Central Park peaking at 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 Celsius) Thursday, the warmest Christmas Eve since records began in 1871 .The location set a Christmas Day record with temperatures reaching 66 degrees (19 Celsius) Friday.
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