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TWENTY Tornadoes Tear Through Southeast, Leaving Two Dead, Homes Destroyed

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.

Destruction: The storm was powerful enough to knock over this tractor-trailer. There were reports of people trapped in their homes and offices

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.

Smashed: The front entrance to this Subway sandwich shop in Mount Juliet, Tenn. is completely gone

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.

 

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