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At least three people have died as a powerful storm system continues to lash much of the South, spawning tornadoes, causing flash flooding and leaving over 250,000 homes without power overnight.

Driving the news: Powerful winds and rain damaged homes, downed power lines and tress and saw boat rescues from Texas to Virginia on Tuesday, AP notes, and the threat remains for several states.

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  • Some 11 million people in Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi, Georgia and Arkansas were most at risk from the severe weather, per the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center.
  • There was an "enhanced risk" of severe thunderstorms and "damaging winds" from Alabama into Georgia Tuesday night, per the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center.

The big picture: The severe weather has been lashing the South for the past three days, with tornadoes striking Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Kentucky Sunday and Monday, the New York Times notes.

  • The NWS issued tornado watches on Tuesday Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Alabama.
  • A flash flood emergency was declared in Birmingham, Alabama, where up to 5 inches of rain fell in some areas, per the NWS.
  • The storms have led to the deaths of at least three people, all from falling trees.

Zoom in: In Weakley County, Tennessee, a woman died when a tree fell on her home as storms that damaged "at least six" mobile homes lashed the state on Tuesday, authorities told WKRN-TV.

  • In Douglasville, Georgia, a man was killed when power lines and a tree fell onto his car as a tornado struck the Atlanta area Monday morning, the Atlanta Constitution-Journal reports.
  • In Bonaire, Georgia, a 55-year-old died after a tree fell on her home on Monday, AP notes.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Severe weather, tornadoes threaten Southern states

This weekend's extreme weather conditions, that included damaging thunderstorms and tornadoes in several Southern states, will continue through the first half of this week, reports the Washington Post.

Why it matters: More than 100 million Americans are facing an "elevated threat of thunderstorms" on Monday, some of which could prove severe, per the Post.

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A Chinese lander carrying a rover successfully touched down on Mars for the first time, state media reports.

Why it matters: This is the first time China has landed a spacecraft on another planet, and it launches the nation into an elite club of only a few space agencies to successfully make it to the Martian surface.

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UN: 10,000 Palestinians displaced in Gaza as Israel-Hamas fighting escalates

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The United Nations warned Friday that ongoing fighting between Israel and Hamas "has the potential to unleash an uncontainable security and humanitarian crisis," in not only the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel, but "the region as a whole."

The big picture: More than 125 Palestinians, including 31 children have been killed in Gaza since fighting began Monday, per the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Eight people, including two children, have been killed in Israel, Reuters reported, citing Israeli authorities.