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Cross-country storms spawn tornadoes, 2 dead

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A roof blown off at a BP gas station in Springfield, TN. (Source: WSMV) A roof blown off at a BP gas station in Springfield, TN. (Source: WSMV)
A tornado hit Adairsville, GA, killing one person. (Source: WSB/CNN) A tornado hit Adairsville, GA, killing one person. (Source: WSB/CNN)
Strong winds blew the steeple off a church in Rogersville, AL. (Source: CNN/WAFF) Strong winds blew the steeple off a church in Rogersville, AL. (Source: CNN/WAFF)
Officials on the scene of early morning storm damage in Tennessee. (Source: WSMV) Officials on the scene of early morning storm damage in Tennessee. (Source: WSMV)
Severe weather damaged structures in Mount Juliet, TN. (Source: WSMV) Severe weather damaged structures in Mount Juliet, TN. (Source: WSMV)

(RNN) - One person is dead after a tornado hit the town of Adairsville, GA, which is off Interstate 75 in the northwest of Atlanta.

According to WGCL, a Bartow County Coroner's office official confirmed Anthony Raines, 51, was the victim killed by the Bartow County storms. Raines was killed while watching television when a tree fell atop of his mobile home.

CNN reports at least one home was leveled and cars were flipped over, including a tractor-trailer. I-75 was closed in both directions.

Miguel Marquez tells CNN that a motel and a factory "have been shredded by this storm."

Bartow County sheriff's and fire dispatchers were reporting numerous calls of "trauma and injuries" in the Adairsville area just before 11:30 a.m. One call involved an overturned vehicle with an entrapment, and there were numerous roads in the area that were impassable, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

One Bartow fire call reported five people trapped in a building in Adairsville.

In addition to one fatality, nine people in Bartow County suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

More than 20,000 Georgia Power customers are still without power tonight, most of which are in the Metro Atlanta area.

In Gordon County, 250 structures were damaged by storms and eight people were injured. Georgia Emergency Management says a tornado touched down in the area of the Farmville and Sonoraville communities.

GA Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for Bartow and Gordon counties. 

The National Weather Service in Atlanta estimated five tornados touched down in Georgia Wednesday, causing 22 injuries statewide.

A Facebook page has been set up by a disaster relief fund to begin raising funds for those displaced by Wednesday's storms.

The same storm front killed a man early Wednesday morning in Tennessee. According to WSMV, Vernon Hartsell, 47, was killed when a tree fell on a shed he was in around 3:30 a.m.

At least 11 counties in Tennessee had tornado warnings, and around 4 a.m. residents were told to head for cover.

A state of emergency is being declared in Tennessee as result of the severe storms, according to WMC.

A tornado was spotted near Sylacauga, AL which is near Talladega National Forest, and the front has already brought damage to areas near Birmingham, AL and Huntsville, AL.

The severe storm system moved into the Carolinas late Wednesday evening, causing flash flooding, street closings and high wind warnings across the state, leaving thousands without power in the Western Carolinas according to WHNS.

The National Weather Service reports the intense storm system that brought severe weather to the Mississippi Valley on Tuesday will move eastward on Wednesday, bringing a risk of severe weather from the upper Ohio Valley southward to the central Gulf Coast and eastward to the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast coast. The main threat will be damaging wind along with the possibility of tornadoes, especially across eastern Alabama into western Georgia.

Heavy gusts in excess of 70 mph could bring significant damage. "I think it's definitely a dangerous night and day," CNN meteorologist Ivan Cabrera said.

The system should not produce a mass of tornadoes, since there is not a lot of cloud rotation, Cabrera said. The storm poses "mainly a straight-line threat."

The wet weather is predicted to trigger winter storms in the northern plains states. A freezing rain advisory is in effect for much of Iowa and Wisconsin, CNN reports.

The system is forecast to weaken during the day Wednesday but will still pack potentially dangerous weather conditions for the southeastern United States.

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