(ADAIRSVILLE, Ga.) — A tornado touched down in Adairsville, Ga., on Wednesday, tearing across Interstate 75, sending debris everywhere and killing one person.
Witnesses said the tornado was on the ground, crushing through homes, office buildings and asphalt for more than 20 minutes. Winds were estimated at more than 125 miles per hour, making it an F-2 category twister.
The tornado left behind what looked like a junkyard with twisted semitrailers and tossed SUVs.
Wednesday’s extreme weather is part of a storm front that stretches more than 900 long miles. As it moved across the country, the storm brought high winds to Texas, high water to Missouri and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes in Green County, Ind.
A powerful wind gust blew over a State Police helicopter at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe, Penn., shortly after it landed Wednesday morning. No one was hurt.
The weather also reached Quinn County, Tenn., where families who survived another tornado are counting their blessings.
There are extreme weather warnings across the East Coast from the Florida panhandle to Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C., Washington and Richmond. Slick weather is expected to hit as far north as New York.
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