In northwest Georgia, the storm system tossed vehicles on Interstate 75 onto their roofs. The highway was closed for a time, and another main thoroughfare remained closed until crews could safely remove downed trees and power lines from the road.
WSB-TV in Atlanta aired footage showing an enormous funnel cloud bearing down on Adairsville, about 60 miles northwest of Atlanta, as the storm ripped through the city’s downtown area. The system flattened homes and wiped out parts of a large manufacturing plant. Pieces of insulation hung from trees and power poles, while the local bank was missing a big chunk of its roof.
One person was killed and nine were hospitalized for minor injuries, state emergency management officials said. Residents said no traces remained of some roadside produce stands — a common sight on rural Georgia’s back roads.
One other death was reported in Tennessee after an uprooted tree fell onto a storage shed where a man had taken shelter.
Officials also confirmed that a tornado — with peak wind speeds of 115 mph — touched down in Mount Juliet. No serious injuries were reported there, though the path of damage was about 150 yards wide, including homes, a warehouse and an automotive business.
The National Weather Service in Huntsville predicted highs today and Friday in the low to middle 40s, with lows in 20s.
The weekend should bring highs in the upper 40s to lows in the 50s.
Rain may fall Saturday, but Sunday is expected to be dry.
The National Weather Service had issued a string of tornado warnings and watches as a line of storms moved through the state, but officials didn’t report any touchdowns or injuries. Flash flood warnings were issued in several areas after 4 inches of rain fell in a few hours.