A Christmas tree lays in the wreckage of a family's home Dec. 27, 2015 in the aftermath of a tornado in Rowlett, Texas. (AFP/LAURA BUCKMAN)
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Storms hit the U.S. South, Southwest and Midwest over the Christmas holiday weekend, unleashing floods and tornadoes that killed at least 43 people, flattened buildings and snarled transportation for millions during a busy travel time.In Texas, at least 11 people were killed in the Dallas area over the weekend by tornadoes, including one packing winds of up to 200 miles per hour (322 km per hour).A tornado watch means a storm is likely, while a warning means a storm or storms have been sighted.The storms came on the heels of tornadoes that hit two days before Christmas, killing at least 18 people, including 10 in Mississippi. New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez declared a state of emergency for the entire state due to a winter storm that had dumped up to two feet of snow by Sunday night.
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