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At least seven tornadoes confirmed in the U.S. following a weekend of deadly storms

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Monday, December 23, 2013, 5:20 PM -

The storm system that brought a devastating ice storm to parts of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes killed at least two people in Mississippi over the weekend.

The National Weather Service says there were three tornado tracks surveyed in the state, including an EF-2 twister that cut a 22 km path.

It uprooted trees and toppled a trailer which fell on a 49-year-old man, killing him.

The tornado also bent light poles at a high school and caused significant roof damage to at least four homes.

Tornadoes were spotted in Arkansas as well.

According to NBC News, there is the potential for additional tornadoes to impact communities between Texas and Tennessee.

"This storm system contained a cold front and a warm front," explains Elena Lappo, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

"The warm front brought the ice storm to Canada, and the cold front is what sparked tornadoes in the U.S. There were 11 tornado reports state-side this weekend and so far, seven have been confirmed."

The system also created a significant temperature gradient.

"On Saturday, Ohio's daytime high was about 17°C," Lappo says, "but it was 0°C in the Toronto area."

In upstate New York and northern Vermont, ice and whipping winds knocked out power to thousands of customers as officials urged motorists to avoid travelling in dangerously slick conditions. 

Meanwhile, Ontario residents continue to grapple with power outages, transit delays and property damage, courtesy of the weekend's intense ice storm.

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