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Nasty weather threatens Gulf Coast for Christmas

December 24, 2012 • National News


Roger McCreight, a hardware store employee, brings up the remaining bags of rock salt from the basement inventory to stock in the store for customers Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, in Maplewood, Mo., in anticipation of wintry weather. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Laurie Skrivan) EDWARDSVILLE OUT ALTON OUT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nasty weather, including a chance of strong tornadoes and howling thunderstorms, could be on the way for Christmas Day along the Gulf Coast from east Texas to north Florida.

The storms held off long enough, though, to let Christmas Eve bonfires light the way for Pere Noel along the Mississippi River, officials said.

Farther north, much of Oklahoma and Arkansas were under a winter storm warning, wLogin to read more

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