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    Severe weather conditions have been rocking in seven states from Texas to Michigan for two days already, media reports say, while the weather forecast predicts that the storm is now heading to Chicago.

    At least nine have died as a result of the winter storm and more than a thousand flights have been cancelled so far in the United States, Reuters reported on Saturday.

    Three fatalities were confirmed with one tornado near Carrollton in Pickens County, the state of Alabama, the local National Weather Service reported.

    Earlier, two people died in Louisiana and a firefighter and a police officer were killed in Texas, Reuters added. Another person died in a car crash due to the storm in Dallas, NBC News reported. 

    A winter storm watch and a winter storm warning have been issued in more than 10 counties for the weekend, ABC News reported.

    Severe storms, including tornadoes, are expected in parts of the Ohio Valley and Mid Atlantic, the National Weather Service said.

    A potential winter storm is now taking aim at Chicago, according to local ABC News, and can engulf the city and its suburbs with a mix of rain and snow, with more than a half-foot of snow expected in some places.

    Severe storms left thousands of houses without electricity, Reuters reported.

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