Severe Storms Batter South

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Associated Press Release

ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Powerful winds, rain and hail are battering parts of the South, killing at least one person.
The large storm system damaged homes, overturned cars on an interstate and knocked out electricity to thousands.
At least one tornado was confirmed and several more suspected, and conditions remained ripe for more. Since Tuesday, the system had caused damage across a swath from Missouri to Georgia.
Police say high winds toppled a tree onto a shed in Nashville, Tenn., where a man had taken shelter, killing him. In Adairsville, Ga., northwest of Atlanta, officials reported a possible tornado. At least 10 cars were overturned on Interstate 75. The Bartow County fire chief says emergency crews are trying to get to people reported trapped in homes and buildings.

Associated Press Release

ATLANTA (AP) -- Forecasters say severe storms will blow into Georgia on Wednesday, bringing wind gusts of up to 50 mph to northern parts of the state.

The National Weather Service says that as a cold front passes through Georgia on Wednesday, numerous thunderstorms will develop. Forecasters say the main concerns will be damaging winds, heavy rain and frequent lightning.

In metro Atlanta, the thunderstorms are expected to occur mainly after 9 a.m., with up to 2 inches of rain possible.

The weather service has issued a flood watch from late Tuesday night through Wednesday evening for parts of northeast Georgia, where forecasts call for up to 2.5 inches of rain -- and higher amounts possible in some areas. The flood watch covers seven counties and includes the cities of Blairsville, Dahlonega and Cleveland.

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