T-shirt weather and tornadoes for Christmas in US

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NEW YORK: East coast Americans shed their Christmas sweaters on Thursday to enjoy soaring temperatures ahead of the holiday, as further south deadly tornadoes cut a path through rural communities. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in New York’s iconic Central Park peaked at 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 Celsius), the warmest Christmas Eve since records began in 1871. But the abnormally balmy temperatures had tragic consequences in weather further south, where more than a dozen tornadoes were reported in six states. At least 14 people were killed as the storms, feeding on the unseasonable warm air, left a trail of destruction from Illinois to Alabama.

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