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A person talks to an officer in the aftermath of a shooting at an Eid al-Fitr event in Philadelphia on Wednesday. (Matt Rourke/AP)

Storms with hurricane-force winds have cut power to about 230,000 customers from Texas to Alabama

An intense storm system is charging across the eastern United States and bringing severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding. Storms will affect parts of the Deep South and lower Mississippi Valley on Wednesday before reaching the Eastern Seaboard on Thursday.

As of late afternoon Wednesday, high winds from severe storms had cut power to about 250,000 customers from Texas to Alabama, according to tracker Over 140,000 were in the dark in Louisiana alone. The National Weather Service had received more than 100 reports of severe weather between Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon - mainly from damaging winds that downed trees and damaged structures as well as hail as large as baseballs. A tornado, rated EF1 on the 0-to-5 scale for intensity, caused damage in Katy, Tex. - just west of Houston - early Wednesday.

The Weather Service also confirmed that an EF2 tornado hit Lake Charles, La., early Wednesday.


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