A tornado swept through Adairsville, Ga., Wednesday, killing one person and overturning cars on Interstate 75, the National Weather Service said.
The twister touched down shortly before noon about midway between Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tenn., leveling at least one home, WSB-TV, Atlanta, reported. The weather service said at least two other tornadoes were reported in the area in Lindale and Calhoun, CNN reported.
At least one person was killed when the storm damaged numerous buildings in Bartow County. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported dozens of vehicles were overturned on I-75 in Bartow, where all lanes were blocked until after 1 p.m. at milepost 306.
Winds in excess of 60 mph ripped through Kentucky and Tennessee early Wednesday, Accuweather.com reported.
A wind gust of 105 mph blew through Mount Juliet, Tenn., about 5 a.m., ripping off the top floor of a three-story building, the NWS said. One man was reported killed in Nashville when a tree fell on a shed, WTFV, Nashville, reported.
In Memphis, more than 13,000 customers were without power after high winds downed power lines.
About 1,200 customers were without power in northeastern Indianapolis after heavy winds and rain snapped six 95-foot-tall utility poles, The Indianapolis Star reported.
The severe weather covered an area from New Orleans and Jacksonville, Fla., in the south to Pittsburgh and Baltimore to the north, The Weather Channel reported.
The temperature dropped from 67 F to 35 F in a 24-hour period in Kansas City, Mo., with heavy sleet and snow reported behind the front. Within a three-hour period, as much as 4 inches of rain fell in the area.
One to 3 inches of snow fell from Northern Texas to Nebraska, with severe thunderstorms in the Midwest throughout the night.
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