In this image made from video and released by WSB-TV in Atlanta, a tractor-trailer rests on the highway after a tornado moved through the town of Adairsville, Ga., on Wednesday.
(USA TODAY) -- Violent storms continued to rake the southern USA Wednesday as a ferocious cold front roars toward the Eastern Seaboard.
storm produced a tornado in Adairsville, Ga., where the National
Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center is reporting "major structural
damage," cars overturned and people trapped. One person has been
The storm struck late Wednesday morning in the
town northwest of Atlanta. The Associated Press reported the storm
demolished a home and left at least 10 cars overturned.
noted that at least one apartment building in the town was "pretty much
destroyed," numerous vehicles had been overturned and a mobile home park
had suffered extensive damage.
Storms have raced across the
southern and central U.S. Tuesday and Wednesday, blacking out power to
thousands, downing trees and damaging homes.
So far during this
two-day outbreak, there have been more than 400 reports of severe
weather, mainly high winds and large hail. There have been nine reports
The rapidly changing conditions created a risk of
tornadoes in the nation's Southeast through the day Wednesday. The Storm
Prediction Center said the tornado threat was greatest in Alabama,
Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas.
High winds are likely later in the day and overnight in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
death was reported when a large tree blew down on a shed in Nashville,
where a man was sheltering, police told Nashville broadcaster WTVF-TV.
Authorities did not immediately release further details when contacted
by the Associated Press.
In Arkansas, another person was reported
injured by lightning during the storm's eastward trek. The storm was
marching just ahead of a cold front as the volatile system headed toward
the Eastern Seaboard, dumping heavy rain in Kentucky and parts of
Thousands were reported without power in Tennessee,
where tornado and flash flood warnings were issued for various counties
and a tractor-trailer truck was blown on its side by high winds.
Arkansas Inc. reported at least 9,000 power outages in several
communities around Arkansas at the height of the storm, including in and
around Little Rock.
Authorities in Arkansas said they would be checking reports of
possible twisters kicked up near a Little Rock suburb and in two
locations in northwestern Arkansas. Power lines fell, trees were
toppled, and some homes suffered damage to rooftops around the state,
according to emergency officials.
The National Weather Service
reported that suspected straight-line winds of up to 80 mph were
reported in Arkansas late Tuesday night along with flooding in low-lying
areas of Jonesboro in Arkansas' northeastern corner. Police in the
Arkansas community of Monticello reported a person was injured by
lightning late Tuesday but the injury was not life-threatening.
the South copes with severe weather today, wintry weather is slamming
the northern Plains and upper Midwest, according to AccuWeather. Up to
half a foot of snow could fall in portions of Iowa, Wisconsin and the
upper peninsula of Michigan.
Winter storm warnings were out across all of those states.
snow, heavy in some snowbelt areas, will persist Thursday and Friday in
the Great Lakes, the Weather Channel predicted.
Bitterly cold air
will also roar into the northern Plains and Midwest today. Low
temperatures tonight will drop to 30 degrees below zero in portions of
North Dakota, AccuWeather predicted. The high temperature Thursday in
Minneapolis is forecast to be 1 degree.
The cold will move toward
the East Coast on Thursday and Friday, though temperatures will not be
nearly as cold as in the Midwest.
Earlier this week, a large swath of the Midwest and South bathed in
unseasonably balmy temperatures that reached the high 70s in some areas.
temperature in the central Missouri college town of Columbia reached 77
degrees on Monday, a record for January, and students exchanged their
winter coats for shorts and flip-flops as freezing rain gave way to
spring-like conditions. Foul weather made a quick return, however, with a
Tuesday downpour that flooded some streets near the University of
Chicago residents also have been whiplashed by
recent weather extremes. Workers who suffered through subzero
temperatures and brutal wind chills a week ago strolled through downtown
without coats Tuesday as temperatures soared into the mid-60s.
Krueger, who lives in the Chicago suburb of North Hoffman Estates,
noted that just a few days ago she was struggling to drive through
blowing snow. All she needed Tuesday was a light jean jacket, although
by Thursday temperatures were barely expected to reach 20 degrees.
"It's bizarre, it's scary," Krueger said of the swiftly changing weather.
The nation has had its longest break between tornado fatalities since
detailed tornado records began being kept in 1950, according to the
Storm Prediction Center and National Climatic Data Center. The last one
was June 24, when a person was killed in a home in Highlands County,
Fla. That was 220 days ago as of Tuesday.
The last day with multiple fatalities was June 4, when three people were killed in a mobile home in Scott County, Mo.