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Deadly storm rips through US states

Crushed home in Monroe in Louisiana Image copyright AP
Image caption Monroe in Louisiana was hit hard

A powerful storm has swept across the southern US, killing at least two people and injuring several others.

Tornadoes, high winds, lightning, hail and heavy rain left a trail of destruction from Texas to Alabama.

In Arkansas, a tornado that touched down about 150 miles south-west of Little Rock killed a man and injured his wife when their home was destroyed.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency on Monday as thousands were left without power.

Two tornadoes also hit Missouri, toppling trees and causing some roof damage, according to the National Weather Service.

In Alabama, a tree crushed a mobile home just north of Birmingham, killing a 75-year-old woman and injuring her husband, said the county coroner.

The extreme weather was expected to continue on Tuesday, with an estimated 36 million people in its path.

The Storm Prediction Center said the cities at risk included Memphis, Nashville, Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans and St Louis.

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Image caption Trees were strewn across Monroe in Louisiana
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Image caption John Brooks surveyed the damage in his home