25 killed as deadly storms cause power cuts in southern US

April 28, 2011 04:29


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BIRMINGHAM - Powerful storms cut power and knocked out nuclear units as they tore across the southern United States this week, killing at least 25 people, emergency officials said on Wednesday.

Governors in Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee each declared a state of emergency as a result of the heavy winds, rains and tornadoes whose damage could strain state budgets.

Floods were a big concern throughout the storm-hit area, where rain compounded with melted snow to cause rising rivers and saturated soils.

Several states suffered power outages as well as property and infrastructure damage that could prove costly to repair.

The storms caused three nuclear reactors in Alabama to shut and knocked out 11 high-voltage power lines, the Tennessee Valley Authority and regulators said.

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