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Death toll from winter weather rises to 18 in Tenn.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say the number of deaths caused by winter weather has risen to 18.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reported Friday afternoon that Knox County leads the state with four deaths, including three caused by a house fire and one caused by a motor vehicle accident. There have been three deaths in Shelby County.

In all, the agency reports hypothermia has led to nine deaths. Five people have died in vehicle crashes related to the weather, and one dialysis patient was unable to get treatment.

Snow, sleet and freezing rain have accompanied sub-freezing temperatures in Tennessee this week.

Much of the state is under a winter storm warning. Officials say the threat of severe cold, snow, freezing rain, sleet, downed power lines and flash flooding continues through Sunday.