Seven dead – including one child – In deadly Christmas tornadoes: Storms rip through the South flattening homes and injuring dozens as freak holiday weather across the U.S. baffles experts

A storm system forecasters called ‘particularly dangerous’ killed at least seven people and injured 40 others as it swept across the country Wednesday, before giving way to unseasonably warm, Spring-like weather marked by record-breaking temperatures in the central and eastern states on Christmas Eve.

Tornadoes touched down in Indiana and Mississippi, where three were killed. The springlike storms packing strong winds killed three more people in Tennessee.

A tree blew over onto a house in Arkansas, killing an 18-year-old woman identified as Michael Remus and trapping an 18-month-old child inside, authorities said. Rescuers pulled the toddler safely from the home.