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.