Emergency crews on Saturday battled to restore power to more than one million homes and businesses a day after Storm Eunice carved a deadly trail across Europe and left transport networks in disarray.
Officials said 13 people were injured, two of them seriously. Many of the victims were vacationers visiting the tourist region.
Millions of Americans endured bone-chilling temperatures, blizzard conditions, power outages and canceled holiday gatherings on Friday from a winter storm that forecasters said was nearly unprecedented in its scope, exposing about 60% of the US population to some sort of winter weather advisory or warning.
"Much of the eastern United States will remain in a deep freeze through Monday before a moderating trend sets in on Tuesday," the National Weather Service said on Monday. Over 1,000 US flights had already been cancelled just hours into Monday..."
Ten people, including nine children, were killed in a 15-vehicle crash about 55 kilometres south of Montgomery, according to Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock. Two people died in separate vehicle, Garlock told local news outlets — 29-year-old Cody Fox and 9-month-old Ariana Fox, both of Marion County.
"Calhoun City was hit hard tonight," the county sheriff, Greg Pollan, said on Facebook. "Light poles have been snapped off. Trees in a few homes. Trees on vehicles. Damage to several businesses."
Torrential rain has drenched much of greater Miami, leaving cars stranded and forcing the closure of schools and Fort Lauderdale's airport until at least Friday.
The electricity outages were mainly due to tree limbs, heavy with ice, that snapped and damaged power lines. Road crews were still working on Thursday evening to clear streets of debris.