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Storm system rumbles toward East Coast; tornadoes in South kill 2

January 30, 2013|By Matt Pearce

A long line of storms stretching from the deep South to upstate New York continued to roll across the nation on Wednesday, with reports of two fatalities in separate tornadoes.

It's the traditional dead season for tornadoes, but northern Georgia was raked by at least one, knocking down trees, damaging homes and leaving cars upturned in a McDonald's parking lot in Adairsville, according to the National Weather Service.

AccuWeather, citing Bartow County Emergency Management officials, reported one killed in the Adairsville tornado; that death could not immediately be confirmed.

Other high-wind damage was reported from Alabama to Pennsylvania, with gusts nearing 70 mph. A county emergency manager in McCreary County, Ky., reported to the National Weather Service that "almost all county roads have been blocked because of downed trees." In Slate Valley, Ky., a fallen tree limb hit a school bus.

In Alabama, the winds damaged an airport hangar in Sardis, and blew a tractor-trailer into a ditch. Parts of the state remained under warning for flash floods.

Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist for AccuWeather, said a "wall of rain and wind" crossing the Appalachians on Wednesday would cause travel problems on the East Coast, reaching New York City on Wednesday night.

"This is enough rain to cause urban flooding problems in Pittsburgh; Buffalo [N.Y.]; Atlanta; Charlotte [N.C.]; Roanoke [Va.]; Scranton [Pa.]; Washington, D.C.; Charleston, S.C.; Philadelphia; New York City; Albany [N.Y.]; Boston; Raleigh and Norfolk, Va.," Sosnowski said.

The system left one dead in Tennessee late Tuesday night after a tornado blew a tree onto a shed where a 47-year-old man was living, according to News Channel 5 in Nashville.

As of midday Wednesday, a tornado watch stretched from Alabama to North Carolina.

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