At least six people have been killed, following storms, described as “particularly dangerous”, across central and southwest United States.
A storm described by forecasters as “particularly dangerous” has hit the south and mid-west of the US, killing at least six people and injuring scores more ahead of the Christmas break.
Three people were killed as tornadoes moved through northern Mississippi, officials said, along with two in Tennessee and one in Arkansas.
There have been reports of at least 20 tornadoes of varying severity. The high winds have also caused significant damage to homes.
Authorities in parts of Mississippi – where a seven-year-old was among those killed – are conducting a house-by-house search-and-rescue operation after the state was hit by multiple tornadoes.