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PEACHTREE CITY - The National Weather Service is reporting that a tornado touched down Wednesday morning in Adairsville in Bartow County. Details are sketchy at this point, but authorities are saying a number of buildings in the Adairsville area were damaged. There also are reports of overturned vehicles and possible injuries.
Tornado watches and warnings covered a wide swath of the South and Midwest Wednesday, as storms caused widespread power outages, structural damages and were blamed for at least one death and multiple injuries in the regions.
Risks from severe winds and rain threatened more than a thousand miles of the country, stretching from Cleveland, Ohio, to New Orleans, The Weather Channel reported. Tornado warnings were issued in areas from central Tennessee and Kentucky to northern and western Georgia and were in effect until Wednesday afternoon.
A tornado reportedly touched down in northwestern Georgia Wednesday morning, causing "major structural damage," The Weather Channel reported. Tornado watches were also in effect in areas of Mississippi, Ohio and West Virginia. The storms were expected to move east later in the day.
Originally posted by MamaJ
reply to post by MariaLida
Oh wow.... crazy weather huh.
I have lived in Tennessee all of my life and its just getting stranger each year since the middle 90's. There is definitely change going on globally that one will not be able to deny much longer.
Growing up on a farm it was easy to know when to plant our crops.. now... there is no way to know because nothing is defining the seasons any longer.
We had an F2 touch down around 3:45 am here right down the street from my house (Mt. Juliet) last night/this morning. Did wide spread damage to homes and businesses, even our ballpark is destroyed.
My bf went outside to look and came running back in telling me to get the kids in the closet. My heart sank because for him to say take cover... was a lot. He grew up in Dallas seeing many tornadoes.
Multiple buildings were reported damaged, with people trapped inside, in northern Bartow County after a tornado touched down late Wednesday morning. At least one person reportedly died when the tornado slammed into Adairsville.
Vehicles were reportedly overturned on I-75 in Bartow County, and the state Department of Transportation said the interstate was closed in both directions near the Ga. 140 exit. Meanwhile, a tornado warning was issued just before 1 p.m. for Paulding, Cobb, Cherokee and north Fulton counties after radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable off producing a tornado south of Dallas.
“Major structure damage reported in downtown Adairsville,” the National Weather Service reported. “Reports of cars overturned and major structure damage.”
A huge storm system with thunderstorms, damaging winds and possible tornadoes raked a wide area of the central U.S. and South on Wednesday, and threatened to become more powerful as it roared East. The severe threat includes many major cities: Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh and New Orleans. Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, D.C., and southern New England could see 60 mph winds Wednesday night, forecasters said.
The squall line, which extended from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, created travel headaches. A ground stop was issued for arriving flights at the world's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, on Wednesday morning.
The tornado was on the ground for 4.6 miles and had a width of 150 yards. The heaviest damage occurred in a commercial district around Lebanon Road and Mt. Juliet Road where one warehouse and an automotive business were heavily damaged. Several other businesses in the area received minor to moderate structural damage. Significant damage to outbuildings, fences and power poles also occurred at the Mt. Juliet ballpark. Dozens of trees and power lines were blown down and many other homes received minor damage along the storm's path.
n Nashville, a 47-year-old man was killed when a tree fell onto a trailer behind a home in the 3800 block of Abernathy Road in Bordeaux, north of Nashville. Metro police said Vernon Hartsell was living in the trailer. At 3:30 a.m., high winds uprooted a large tree, which crashed into the building. He was crushed and died at the scene. A crane had to be used to lift the tree off of Hartsell. Also in Davidson County, at least half a dozen homes in the Ranchwood Mobile Home Park on Dickerson Pike off Trinity Lane were damaged. A tree fell into a living room where a woman, her son and great grandson were seated. "It was cracking. It was just the worst sound I've ever heard in my life," Delorise Adkins recalled. Adkins was on one couch with her three-month-old great-grandson Ricky and her son Samuel was seated across from them. "It was just like, I don't know, a train, like the trailer just ran into something, like it was just a loose train and just ran into something," Adkins continued. No one was seriously injured although a picture frame fell off a wall and hit Adkins in the head, causing a gash on her forehead. The family is just glad to be alive. Samuel Reed said, "I'm just glad to be alive. I'm glad they're okay." "That trailer, you know, is nothing compared to the life of this child or that one, nothing compared to that," Adkins said. The American Red Cross is working to find shelter for at least five families from the mobile home community. In Williamson County, Ravenwood High School in Brentwood sustained some damage to its roof but the school is open Wednesday. Significant damage was also reported in Mt. Juliet, where forecasters confirmed an EF2 twister with 115 mile-per-hour winds touched down, in Robertson County, where the roof of a gas station was blown off and in Hickman County, where as many as 15 homes were damaged or destroyed. Two additional tornadoes occurred along the Dickson-Cheatham County line and in Sumner County, south of Gallatin.
NOAA's National Weather Service Storm Prediction center received reports describing a tornado's impact on Adairsville, GA. Multiple cars have been overturned on Interstate 75, one person has been reported killed, multiple structures damaged and numerous trees and powerlines are reported down. People around the region are urged to review the SPC Tornado Safety FAQ and your family's tornado plan.