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    Extreme weather across country leaves at least 4 dead

    A parked car in Meridian, Miss., was covered with debris Saturday after a suspected tornado moved through the area.
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    A parked car in Meridian, Miss., was covered with debris Saturday after a suspected tornado moved through the area.

    At least four people were killed over the weekend as powerful winds and tornadoes hit across the south and Mid-Atlantic States.

    In North Carolina, authorities on Sunday declared a local state of emergency in the city of Greensboro after an apparent tornado caused damage in several locations. Greensboro police said in a tweet that there was one storm-related fatality, but did not elaborate. Media reports said high winds damaged at least seven homes, destroyed a mobile classroom at an elementary school, and toppled trees and power lines.

    To the south, officials in Lexington County, S.C., said several buildings were damaged and toppled trees were blocking roads, but no injuries were reported.

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    Tens of thousands of homes and businesses in the Carolinas were without power Sunday.

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    In addition to the Greensboro fatality, three other deaths were blamed on the weather.

    A sleeping 2-year-old girl in Louisiana was killed when a tree fell on her family’s recreational vehicle early Saturday.

    The upper Midwest and Plains states were hit by winter weather. A Wisconsin woman was killed when she lost control of her minivan on slick roads and veered into an oncoming SUV. An Idaho truck driver was killed when his semitrailer struck a semi in western Nebraska that had been stranded on a highway by the bad weather.

    In Arkansas, a tornado ripped through the tiny Ozark Mountain town of Mountainburg on Friday, injuring at least four people. In Texas, hail the size of hen eggs fell south of Dallas, according to meteorologist Patricia Sanchez.