Eight dead in winter storm sweeping U.S.

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A dangerous storm sweeping the Western United States has caused hundreds of accidents and taken at least eight lives as it heads across the South and toward the Atlantic coast.

Joe Harris, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the “Nordic outbreak” will “produce a mixed bag of wily weather that will end up impacting much of the nation,” The Associated Press reported.

Authorities in New Mexico reported a rollover accident that killed a 4-year-old girl in the eastern part of the state.

A crash involving nearly a dozen vehicles was reported Saturday in the Texas Panhandle, killing three people.

In California, three deaths have been linked to the storms since Thursday. And in Arizona, firefighters recovered the body of a man Friday in the Santa Cruz River, the AP reported.

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