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Tornado pummels Georgia town

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  • Man killed when tree crashes into home
  • Storm leaves behind massive temperature changes in the East and South
A 1,000-mile-long storm system smashed communities in northwest Georgia on Wednesday, overturning dozens of cars on an interstate highway and trapping residents. The system unleashed a handful of tornadoes, including one that caused significant damage in Adairsville, Georgia.

Georgia tornado forms in front of reporter

Georgia tornado forms in front of reporter

A powerful tornado dropped out of the sky about an hour north of Atlanta Wednesday and a TV reporter was standing right there with his cell phone camera recording as it happened. The tornado flipped dozens of cars when it crossed Interstate 75 nearby.

Up to 100 homes were damaged. The roof of a manufacturing plant in Adairsville, Georgia was ripped off while workers hid in a kitchen and bathroom inside.

One man was killed when a tree crashed through his home. At least 17 others were hurt in Georgia. A Tennessee man was also killed by a falling tree in Nashville.

The same thousand-mile storm spawned tornadoes in several states.

HLN meteorologist Bob Van Dillen says, "The big storm from yesterday is blowing up the Northeast today. Look for heavy rain early in NYC and New England with wind problems all day. Behind it’s all lake effect snow and cold arctic air." 

How cold? Van Dillen says it could feel like 55 degrees below zero in parts of Minnesota and North Dakota.

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