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Lightning flashes as another line of thunderstorms approaches a severely damaged home near McNeill, Miss. on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. A Christmas Day twister outbreak left damage across the Deep South while holiday travelers in the nation's much colder midsection battled sometimes treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions.

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CenterPoint Energy employees work to restore power Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Houston. Strong winds and rain downed trees that were weakened by last year's drought knocking out power to tens of thousands of customers in the Houston area. At the height of the Christmas Day storm, some 69,000 homes were without power in the Houston region. By early evening CenterPoint was reporting 52,000 customers were without power.

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Christmas Day snow falls on Main Street near the Duncanville Police Department in Duncanville, Texas on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

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Lauren LaSalle is pulled down a hill on a sled by her dog Hank at Flagpole Hill Park in Dallas, on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

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Kris Jones and his wife Robin Grendahl hang on to their son Erik Jones, 7, while ice skating at Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage during a snowstorm on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

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A car tries to navigate down a street littered with downed tree limbs and other debris after a tornado touched down Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 in the Midtown area of Mobile, Ala. A Christmas Day twister outbreak left damage across the Deep South while holiday travelers in the nation's much colder midsection battled sometimes treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions.

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Snow falls on the Mark Twain statue on the banks of the Trinity River in Fort Worth, Texas on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

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Storm clouds roll past Barksdale Pavilion at Jones Park in Gulfport, Miss., Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. After most of spending Christmas Day with a blustery day and occasional blue skies, storm clouds arrived on the Coast at 4 p. m. The strong south breeze blew most of the bad weather north of the immediate coast line.

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Drivers maneuver wet and icy roads in Paris, Texas Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 after a strong winter system dropped inches of rain and snow on most of North East Texas.

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Members of the Alpine Volunteer Fire Department and the VA Fire Department clear debris from U.S. 71 in the Tioga, La. area, after an apparent tornado tore through the area Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

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Debris sits on the frontage road near I-49 in downtown Alexandria, La., after an apparent tornado tore through the area Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

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A house in Tioga, La., is severely damaged after an apparent tornado tore through the area Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

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Geraldine Pedersen and her dog Marlow were in her car traveling down U.S. 71 in the Tioga, Louisiana area when a tree fell down in front of the car and a wind knocked her car into a yard, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. A tornado through the Central Louisiana area.

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Walker Bowerman, 10, left, and Hughes Bowerman, 6, plays with family dogs in the snow in Arlington, Texas on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

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Al Horne looks up at the rain falling on homeless people waiting in line to receive a Christmas meal by The Extended Aftercare Alumni volunteers on Christmas morning, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in downtown Houston. Volunteers distributed a holiday meal, clothes, and hygiene gift packages on Christmas morning in a holiday tradition started to give people new to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction an opportunity to be of service.

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With the store shelves thinning out, Christie Wilson, Sebree, grabs a gallon of milk as shoppers at Sureway Eastgate, in Henderson, stock up before the forecasted blizzard hits late Christmas evening, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

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The front wall of the parish hall at Trinity Episcopal Church on Dauphin Street in Mobile, Ala. was torn off by a tornado on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 in Mobile, Ala. The tornado hit midtown Mobile causing extensive damage to the church as well as Murphy High School.

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Firefighters go door-to-door on North Carlen Street in the Midtown section of Mobile, Ala. after a tornado touched down Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. A Christmas Day twister outbreak left damage across the Deep South while holiday travelers in the nation's much colder midsection battled sometimes treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions.

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A large tree covers the front lawn of a home after tornado touched down Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 in the Midtown area of Mobile, Ala. A Christmas Day twister outbreak left damage across the Deep South while holiday travelers in the nation's much colder midsection battled sometimes treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions.

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In this image from video provided by WALA-TV in Mobile, Ala. a tornado touches down in Mobile on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. The tornado hit some areas of downtown Mobile Tuesday, causing severe damage in the area before moving north, officials said.

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Gallery updated: 12/26/2012 6:38 AM

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Freezing rain and sleet made for a sloppy Christmas trek in parts of the nation's midsection, while residents along the Gulf Coast braced for thunderstorms, high winds and tornadoes that were doing damage in some areas.
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