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article imageSoutheast United States battered by severe storms Special

By Greta McClain     Jan 30, 2013 in World
Severe weather ripped through much of the south eastern United States on Wednesday, killing two people and leaving a path of destruction that stretches hundreds of miles.
On Wednesday, Digital Journal reported tornadoes and strong storms producing winds in excess of 100 miles per hour tore through parts of Middle Tennessee. Storm investigators with the National Weather Service have confirmed that eight tornadoes touched down in the early morning hours of Wednesday, five of which were in Sumner County.
An EF-2 tornado struck the city of Mt. Juliet, located in the western portion of Wilson County. EF-2's are capable of winds between 111-135 miles per hour (mph). According to News Channel 5, winds were estimated to have reached 115 mph. Numerous trees and signs were blown down, and a tractor trailer was turned on its side.
Strong wind gusts topple this tractor trailer in Mt. Juliet.
Strong wind gusts topple this tractor trailer in Mt. Juliet.
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A warehouse and a Dollar General Store were heavily damaged by the winds, with the roof and wall being ripped off the warehouse on Lebanon Road near North Mount Juliet Road. Debris fell onto cars parked next too the building, destroying one vehicle and heavily damaging a second. The Dollar General also had a portion of its roof lifted from the building, and a portion of a wall collapsed. Several other businesses and homes received minor damage.
Winds tore the roof and a wall off a building in Mt. Juliet.
Winds tore the roof and a wall off a building in Mt. Juliet.
Winds caused a wall collapse and a portion of the roof to be ripped off this Dollar General Store in...
Winds caused a wall collapse and a portion of the roof to be ripped off this Dollar General Store in Mt. Juliet.
Strong straight line winds caused a tree to fall on a shed in the north western part of Nashville, Davidson County. A 47-year-old man who was living in the shed was pronounced dead at the scene by Metro Nashville Fire Department paramedics. A crane had to be called in to remove the large tree so emergency crews could remove the victim from the scene.
Straight line winds were also to blame for power outages, uprooted trees and damaged homes in East Nashville and in the south eastern part of Nashville.
A large tree was blown down  taking out a fence in this East Nashville neighborhood.
A large tree was blown down, taking out a fence in this East Nashville neighborhood.
A large cedar tree was knocked down in Antioch  Tn.
A large cedar tree was knocked down in Antioch, Tn.
A tree limb lies in the front yard of an Antioch home.
A tree limb lies in the front yard of an Antioch home.
By 3:30 p.m. Nashville Electric Service announced some 3,800 customers remained without power. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency issued a level 3 State of Emergency, meaning there were numerous "serious emergencies" within the state. In addition to the to confirmed tornado touch downs, 27 tornado warnings, 26 severe thunderstorm warnings, four tornado watches and six flash-flood warnings were issued overnight according to the Tennessean.
Along with the storms that tore through Tennessee, the 1,000 mile storm system caused heavy damage in Georgia as well. A tornado was confirmed to have touched down in Adairsville, Georgia, killing one man. Bartow County fire chief, Craig Millsap, stated the storm heavily damaged a motel and manufacturing plant. None of the hotel guests or plant workers were injured, however nine people did require treatment for non-life threatening injuries in other parts of the county.
In neighboring Gordon County, Chief Deputy Sheriff Robert Paris said a tornado struck a subdivision that was also hit by a tornado in 2011. He told CNN:
"This one appears to be much, much worse. But this was almost the same path. There were some people that had to go through both of them. There have been a number of entrapments and deputies, firemen and emergency personnel have all been working to free those people. "I don't believe we have any more trapped at this time."
The National Weather Service has confirmed two tornadoes struck in Kentucky. An EF-2 tornado with winds estimated at 120 -125 miles per hour touched down northeast of Bowling Green. In Marion County, an EF-0 tornado injured a 7-year-old boy and his parents when their trailer was blown off its foundation. According to WLKY, the boy was ripped from his bedroom by the storm, landing on a mattress also sucked out into the yard. He received a severe laceration to his foot that required surgery. The 80-85 mph winds left a damage path measuring 100 yards long.
The storm system which spawned the tornadoes stretched from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico.
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