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A building razed by a tornado in Monroe, Louisiana, on Sunday. Photo: City of Monroe/Twitter

A powerful storm system that spawned tornadoes in the South Sunday and Monday has killed at least 33 people, authorities say. PowerOutage.US said the storms left almost 1.3 million people without power from Texas to Maine Monday afternoon.

The big picture: It was the deadliest tornado outbreak since 35 people were killed in the central and southern U.S. in April 2014, per NOAA. The storms struck as many were under stay-at-home orders and other restrictions imposed in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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  • The system brought with it damaging gusts of wind, hail and heavy rain, causing flash flooding in some places, prompting the governors of Mississippi, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana to declare states of emergency.

The state of play: In Mississippi, the Emergency Management Agency said in a statement on Monday the severe weather had killed 11 people and left more than 72,000 customers without power in the state.

  • South Carolina Gov. Gov. Henry McMaster told a news conference nine people lost their lives in the storm.
  • In Georgia, seven people died when a tornado ripped through Murray County, officials said. A man died in Bartow County when a tree fell on his bedroom, a coroner told local media.
  • Tennessee officials said three people were killed, per AP.
  • Arkansas reported one death from a falling tree and a trail of destruction after a tornado struck there, officials told local media.
  • In North Carolina, Davidson County Sheriff’s Office said a woman died when a tree fell on her in the storms, AP reports.
  • In Pennsylvania, stormes downed trees across the state, AP notes.
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NY declares state of emergency amid concerns over Omicron COVID variant

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday declared a state of emergency amid rising COVID-19 cases and the newly-identified Omicron variant of the virus.

Driving the news: The declaration enables the state to acquire supplies to fight a potential surge in cases, increase hospital capacity and combat potential staff shortages, NBC's local affiliate reports.

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People wearing masks walk in London on Nov. 25. Photo: Li Ying/Xinhua via Getty Images

Two cases of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant were detected in the United Kingdom overnight, the U.K. Health Security Agency announced Saturday.

Why it matters: The discovery comes as the world scrambles to respond to concerns over the new variant, discovered in South Africa earlier this week.

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Americans are super-sizing their holiday travel

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Americans are rushing back into holiday travel, and many are taking even longer trips now than they did before the pandemic began.

The big picture: After skipping Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings last year, many people are eager to maximize this year's celebrations with friends and family. And flexible remote working arrangements make that easier than ever.