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Last Updated: Monday, 15 January 2007, 13:13 GMT
In pictures: US ice storms

A power pole leans at an angle

Ice storms have hit central parts of the US killing at least 21 people. Some 300,000 homes are without power.

Fallen tree limbs weighted with ice cave in the roof of a parked car

The extreme weather has downed trees, traffic lights and power lines and blocked roads.

Utility workers cutting branches

Utility workers have been cutting branches hanging above a web of icy power lines so that electricity can begin to be restored in Missouri and Oklahoma.

Tim Curry uses a rope to pull down icy branches hanging low over the roof of his sister's home  in St. Charles, Mo

Residents have also attempted to clear heavy ice from the branches of trees hanging over their homes.

Sue Lunger, Columbia, Mo., attempts to scrape layers of ice from the sidewalk in front of her store

Thick layers of ice still remain on the roads and pavements in many towns.

Barbed wire covered in ice

Ice storms occur when rain falls during very low temperatures, causing it to freeze almost instantly as it hits a surface.

Icicles on a road sign

The storm is gathering moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and cold air from the Arctic.

Ice covered car in Tulsa, Oklahoma

This photo was sent by Kelly Barrett. If you would like to see your picture featured please send it to yourpics@bbc.co.uk






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