Debris lies on the ground near a home that was heavily damaged by a tornado in Rowlett, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015. (Guy Reynolds/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
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Rare December tornadoes knocked cars off a highway and flattened homes in Texas, bringing the death toll to 25 in days of storms tearing across the southern United States.The late Saturday deaths in Texas came as millions of residents in the southern United States struggle to recover from fierce storms and heavy flooding, with more rain in the forecast.At least 17 people were killed in storm-related incidents since Wednesday in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas, local officials said.At least eight people were killed as tornadoes touched down in parts of the densely populated Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, local officials and media reported.Local TV weather reporters said that 11 twisters touched down in the region, a figure the NWS was unable to immediately confirm.The NWS said Saturday in a preliminary report that the Birmingham twister packed winds of up to 130 miles (209 kilometers) per hour.
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