A massive,1,000-mile-long storm that formed at least 20 tornadoes beat down on six states throughout the Southeast today, leaving at least two people dead.
A Georgia town was devastated with overturned cars on an interstate, wrecked homes and at least one person killed.Another person in Tennessee was also dead.
Footage showed a funnel cloud roaring through the downtown area of Adairsville, Ga., about 60 miles northwest of Atlanta, flipping cars and demolishing a home.
The massive storm system caused at least 20 tornadoes throughout six states, ranging from Missouri to Georgia, USA Today said.
Most dangerous were powerful wind gusts that in several places were powerful enough to overturn tractor-trailers.
Winds were recorded to be as high as 115 mph in parts of Tennessee.
There were reports that people were trapped in homes and businesses, and television footage showed large sections of a sprawling manufacturing plant had been destroyed.
Interstate 75 was closed in both directions after the storm flipped about 100 cars onto their roofs and tossed them onto the grassy shoulder.
At least two tornadoes were confirmed and several more suspected, and conditions remained ripe for more. Since Tuesday, the system had caused damage across a swath from Missouri to Georgia.
In recent days, people in the South and Midwest had enjoyed unseasonably balmy temperatures in the 60s and 70s. A system pulling warm weather from the Gulf of Mexico was colliding with a cold front moving in from the west, creating volatility.
Police said high winds toppled a tree onto a shed in Nashville, Tenn., where a man had taken shelter, killing him.
Jerry Hardin, 64, in Hogan, Tenn. said he was feeling lucky to be ‘in one piece.’
He and his wife, Norma said they missed being hit by a collapsing ceiling by about three seconds.
‘We moved just in time. He came this close to getting hit,’ he told The Tennessean newspaper.