Violent tornado cluster rip through Georgia and Tennessee, leaving 2 dead

January 31, 2013 GEORGIA Powerful winds and a tornado spawned by a 1,000-mile-long storm system pounded communities in northwest Georgia on Wednesday, overturning dozens of vehicles and trapping residents. The tornado caused significant damage in Adairsville, Georgia. One person died in that town and another died in Tennessee, authorities reported. At least 17 people were injured in Georgia, two critically. The Adairsville death marks the first person killed by a U.S. tornado in 220 days, a record for most consecutive days without such a fatality, said CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen. The storm churned eastward, prompting severe thunderstorm and flash-flood warnings in eastern Tennessee and western portions of the Carolinas. The front has led to nearly 400 reports of severe wind and 20 of tornadoes over two days, from Texas to Pennsylvania. In the Adairsville storm, winds caused significant damage to a motel and a manufacturing plant, according to Craig Millsap, fire chief and interim emergency management director for Bartow County. The motel’s guests are believed safe and workers at the Daiki plant have all been accounted for, he said. Daiki employees hid in a kitchen and bathroom as the tornado snatched the roof off and left much of the plant in ruin. Two workers suffered minor injuries. The driver of a commercial truck that was overturned near Adairsville said the storm “grew legs and just started accelerating.” He told CNN Atlanta affiliate WGCL he was unscathed. “There is no way in the world that if you see this debris behind me I should be alive.” The National Weather Service reported major structural damage and overturned cars in downtown Adairsville, where a news crew for CNN affiliate WSB-TV witnessed a tornado form and touch down Wednesday morning. The death came when a building collapsed, Millsap said. Nine people in Bartow County suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. The storm caused major damage on and near Interstate 75, the Georgia Department of Transportation said. The weather service, citing emergency management officials, said about 100 cars had been overturned near Exit 306 at Adairsville. The state transportation agency asked motorists to stay away from the area. Officials reported up to 100 homes damaged in Calhoun and Gordon County, just north of Adairsville. –CNN
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4 Responses to Violent tornado cluster rip through Georgia and Tennessee, leaving 2 dead

  1. This is absolutely insane. I read where the UK had same activity and toppled ahuge wind Turbine. Praying for all involved.

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  2. James says:

    I reckon I need to call my family back in Tennessee and tell them to meet me in Montana…

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    • Anthony says:

      At this point they’ll have to take a boat. We missed the winds where I live but we’re all under water. 1st time in 52 years I have seen a pond we have by a massive ditch flood over the road. The streets looked more like rivers today.

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  3. Irene C says:

    I was watching this storm’s progress on The Weather Channel. The meteorologists there say this is unprecedented for January. This is springtime weather in January. Our temps here were extremely warm for this time of year with a lot of high wind. Now, it’s snowing sideways. Our temps dropped 20 degrees in just a couple of hours.

    The really dangerous part of this storm is that it hit early in the morning. Children were in school and a lot of people were on the interstate. The fact that there were only two fatalities is a miracle in itself. I pray for these people.

    Personally, if this is a precursor to our weather pattern for 2013, I’m not sure I want to know what spring will be like.

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