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A far reaching storm system that brought powerful winds and rain across the southern US has been blamed for at least eight deaths over the weekend, NBC News reported.

More than a dozen tornados touched down across Texas, Alabama and Mississippi, before the storm moved north, bringing severe weather to Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

Photos from over the weekend show catastrophic damage across the southern US, where tornadoes, some with winds reaching 140 miles per hour (225 kph) ripped apart buildings and took down trees.

 

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Robert Scott looks through a family Bible that he pulled out of the rubble on April 14, outside of Hamilton, Mississippi.
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A downed pine tree lies across what remains of a trailer on Center Hill Road outside of Hamilton.
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Sandra Cotten of Flora, Mississippi, looks at her uprooted 100-year-old oak tree that fell across her yard and two streets, on April 14.
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Insulation from a home hangs in a downed tree in Hamilton on April 14.
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Powerful winds uprooted this tree in Flora.
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Leslie Harrington helps look for jewelry in a destroyed home along Seely Drive outside of Hamilton on April 14.
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A roof blown off a home in Hamilton, on April 14.
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A piece of wood smashed through the windshield of this truck in Hamilton.
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