A massive,1,000-mile-long storm that formedÂ at least 20 tornadoes beat down on six states throughout the Southeast today,Â leaving at least two people dead.
A Georgia town was devastated with overturnedÂ cars on an interstate, wrecked homes and at least one person killed.Another person in Tennessee was alsoÂ dead.
Footage showed a funnel cloudÂ roaringÂ through the downtown area of Adairsville, Ga., about 60 milesÂ northwest ofÂ Atlanta, flipping cars and demolishing a home.
The massive storm system caused at least 20Â tornadoes throughout six states, ranging from Missouri toÂ Georgia, USAÂ Today said.
Most dangerous were powerful wind gusts that in several places were powerful enough to overturn tractor-trailers.
Winds were recorded to be as high as 115 mphÂ in parts of Tennessee.
There were reports that people were trappedÂ in homes and businesses, and television footage showed large sections of aÂ sprawling manufacturing plant had been destroyed.
InterstateÂ 75 was closed in both directions after the storm flipped about 100 cars ontoÂ their roofs and tossed them onto the grassy shoulder.
At least two tornadoes were confirmed andÂ several more suspected, and conditions remained ripe for more. Since Tuesday,Â the system had caused damage across a swath from Missouri to Georgia.
In recent days, people in the South andÂ Midwest had enjoyed unseasonably balmy temperatures in the 60s and 70s. A systemÂ pulling warm weather from the Gulf of Mexico was colliding with a cold frontÂ moving in from the west, creating volatility.
PoliceÂ said high winds toppled a tree onto a shed in Nashville, Tenn., where a man hadÂ taken shelter, killing him.
Jerry Hardin, 64, in Hogan, Tenn. said he wasÂ feeling lucky to be ‘in one piece.’
He and his wife, Norma said they missed beingÂ hit by a collapsing ceiling by about three seconds.
‘We moved just in time. He came this close toÂ getting hit,’ he told TheÂ TennesseanÂ newspaper.