December 3, 2020

Storms leave two dead in Georgia and Tennessee

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_65606202_65605867A sprawling storm system has brought havoc to a swathe of the US, leaving two people dead and thousands of households without electricity.

One person died when an apparent twister hit the state of Georgia, overturning cars on a motorway.

Bartow County Fire Chief Craig Millsap said at least 10 cars had been overturned on Interstate 75.

A man died in Nashville, Tennessee, when high winds toppled a tree on to the shed he had been taking shelter in.

The storm system also brought mayhem to parts of Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky and Indiana.

More than 60,000 customers have lost electricity from the Gulf Coast to Ohio as a result, it is estimated.

Interstate 75 was closed in both directions in the Georgian town of Adairsville, 60 miles (97km) north-west of Atlanta.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports there have been numerous emergency calls of trauma and injuries.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said on its website: “Major damage in downtown Adairsville. Reports of cars overturned and major structure damage.”

Reports said people were trapped in homes and businesses and aerial news footage showed widespread damage at a factory.

In Arkansas, one man was injured by lightning, while in Kentucky two people suffered minor injuries when their mobile home was blown off its foundations.

The NWS is reporting golf-ball sized hail stones in some areas.

Meteorologists say warm weather from the Gulf of Mexico collided with a cold front from the west, creating volatile conditions.

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