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Scenes from the severe holiday storms

Holiday weather wreaks havoc

Lightning illuminates a house after a tornado touched down in Jefferson County, Ala., damaging several houses, Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. A Christmastime wave of severe weather continued Friday.
Butch Dill | AP

The weather wreaked havoc across the United States this holiday season with several tornadoes hitting ground across the Midwest. There also were snowstorms in Texas and New Mexico, and unusually warm temperatures in the Northeast.

Pictured here, lightning illuminates a house after a tornado touched down in Jefferson County, Alabama, damaging several houses on Friday, Christmas Day.

Click ahead to see more scenes from the most devastated and affected areas.

— By CNBC.com staff
Published 28 Dec. 2015

Flooding in Alabama

A house is under water on the banks of the Pea River in Elba, Alabama, December 26, 2015. Alabama has been hit with storms and heavy rain since Wednesday, and the Weather Service issued flash flood warnings around the region for Friday.
Marvin Gentry | Reuters

A house is under water on the banks of the Pea River in Elba, Alabama, on Saturday. The state was hit with storms and heavy rain since Wednesday, and the Weather Service issued flash flood warnings around the region.

Tornado in Rowlett, Texas

An American flag placed by first responders is seen December 27, 2015 in the aftermath of a tornado in Rowlett, Texas. At least 11 people lost their lives as tornadoes tore through Texas, authorities said, as they searched home to home for possible more victims of the freak storms lashing the southern United States.
Laura Buckman | AFP | Getty Images

An American flag placed by first responders on Sunday, in the aftermath of a tornado in Rowlett, Texas, near Dallas. At least 11 people lost their lives as tornadoes tore through Texas, authorities said as they searched home to home for victims of the storms that lashed the South.

The rare December twisters flattened houses and caused chaos on highways as the death toll from days of deadly weather climbed.

Snowstorm in Lubbock, Texas

A driver receives a helpful push to escape from a snow drift on December 27, 2015 in Lubbock, Texas.
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A driver receives a helpful push to escape from a snow drift on Sunday, in Lubbock, Texas.

Coming on the heels of several strong tornadoes, some parts of West Texas are experiencing blizzard conditions with wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour and as much as 13 inches of snow predicted.

Tornado in Birmingham, Alabama

Damage caused by a tornado is seen in a neighborhood in Birmingham, Alabama, December 26, 2015. A tornado struck Birmingham on Friday, damaging houses, uprooting trees and injuring at least three people in the state's largest city, law enforcement and weather officials said.
Marvin Gentry | Reuters

A Birmingham, Alabama, neighborhood was struck by a tornado on Friday, damaging houses, uprooting trees and injuring at least three people in the state's largest city, law enforcement and weather officials said.

Severe rain in Dallas

A man runs as sirens sound during a severe storm over downtown Dallas, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, in Dallas. The National Weather Service said the Dallas area was under a tornado warning Saturday.
LM Otero | AP

A man runs as sirens sound during a severe storm over downtown Dallas on Saturday. The National Weather Service said the Dallas area was under a tornado warning Saturday.

Blizzards in New Mexico

People stand by after a rollover accident along Interstate 25 northbound just south of Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015. A flurry of snow began to blanket Albuquerque, Santa Fe and other cities Saturday afternoon amid warnings of a record-setting blizzard being on the horizon.
Roberto E. Rosales | The Albuquerque Journal | AP

People stand by after a rollover accident along Interstate 25 northbound just south of Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Saturday. A flurry of snow began to blanket the region Saturday afternoon, with forecasters warning of a record-setting blizzard on the horizon.

Tornado ruins Christmas in Rowlett, Texas

A Christmas tree lays in the wreckage of a family's home December 27, 2015 in the aftermath of a tornado in Rowlett, Texas.
Laura Buckman | AFP | Getty Images

A Christmas tree lays in the wreckage of a family's home on Sunday. It is just one sign of the aftermath of a tornado that hit Rowlett, Texas.

Flooding in Alabama

Cars sit submerged in flood waters on Tallapoosa Street, Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. A Christmastime wave of severe weather continued Friday as a tornado touched down in north-central Alabama, including part of Birmingham, the state's largest city.
Butch Dill | AP

Cars sit submerged in floodwaters on Tallapoosa Street in Birmingham, Alabama, on Christmas Day.

Tornado in Mississippi.

Trista Boga, center, helps salvage what she can from a friend's home along Highway 178 in Holly Springs, Miss., on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. At least 10 people were killed in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas as spring-like storms mixed with unseasonably warm weather and spawned rare Christmastime tornadoes in the South.
Thomas Wells | The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal | AP

Trista Boga, center, helps salvage what she can from a friend's home along Highway 178 in Holly Springs, Miss., on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. At least 10 people were killed in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas as spring-like storms mixed with unseasonably warm weather and spawned rare Christmastime tornadoes in the South.

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