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Devastating December storm system wreaks havoc ‘from New Mexico to Michigan’

By Brigid Kennedy The Week

An “unprecedented” storm system attacked the central United States Wednesday night into Thursday morning “with high winds that kicked up dust storms, fueled wildfires,” “knocked down power lines,” and left “more than 510,000 customers without power,” The Washington Post reports.

Over 36 million people “from New Mexico to Michigan” were placed under high-wind warnings, as fast-moving gusts tore apart roofs and “toppled tractor-trailers,” writes the Post, with at least 21 reports of tornadoes, adds The New York Times.

In Iowa, one person was reportedly killed Wednesday evening after storm winds blew over the truck he was driving. In Kansas, air traffic controllers at Kansas City International Airport were forced to temporarily evacuate the main control tower, per the Times.

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