(Adds details on storms, two dead, Tennessee state of
By Mary Wisniewski
CHICAGO Jan 30 Tornadoes ripped through four
states on Tuesday night and Wednesday, killing at least two
people, as an Arctic cold front clashed with warm air to produce
severe weather over a wide swath of the nation.
Tornadoes were reported in Mississippi, Georgia, Indiana and
Tennessee, an unusual development in January when the focus is
more likely to be on snow and ice.
The National Weather Service said twisters touched down in
Sardis, Mississippi, and heavily damaged homes in Solsberry,
Indiana, wiping out power in the surrounding areas. Three
twisters were confirmed in Tennessee and a possible tornado hit
In Georgia, a man was killed when a tornado hit his mobile
home late Wednesday morning, said Bartow County administrator
In north Nashville, a man died when a tree fell on his
garage apartment, according to Jeremy Heidt, spokesman for the
Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.
"We have trees down all over the place," said Brittney
Coleman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in
The same storm system is moving eastward, bringing a risk of
severe weather from the upper Ohio Valley south to the central
Gulf Coast and east to the Mid-Atlantic and southeast coast,
according to the National Weather Service. Damaging winds of up
to 70 miles per hour (113 km/h), hail and more tornadoes are
Behind the severe weather, the Arctic front brought snowfall
to the central Plains, where many schools were closed and
driving was hazardous across eastern Nebraska.
Wisconsin was getting snow Wednesday afternoon, with up to 6
inches in Madison, according to Accuweather.com. Temperatures
were expected to plunge below freezing in Chicago, after hitting
a record on Tuesday of 63 degrees (about 17 degrees Celsius).
In Tennessee, which declared a state of emergency, buildings
and homes were damaged by the storm that cut a 4.6 mile-long
path (7.4 km) that was 150 yards (137 meters) wide through the
center of Mt. Juliet, about 20 miles (32 km) east of Nashville.
In Indiana, about 11,900 customers in center of the state
were without electricity because of the storm, utilities said.
Piles of debris and downed power lines blocked roadways in
Indiana, including State Road 45 in southwestern Monroe County
and State Road 43, which was closed from Solsberry to
In north Georgia, a portion of Interstate 75 was closed in
both directions near exit 306 due to storm damage, said Jill
Goldberg, spokeswoman for the state's department of
Power outages and damaged homes were reported in at least 10
counties in Mississippi, mostly in the northern part of the
In Arkansas, there were numerous reports of roof damage,
downed trees and power lines, and destroyed barns. A tornado may
have hit Monticello, in the southeastern part of the state,
At the University of Arkansas at Monticello, a horse barn
was blown off its foundation across a parking area, damaging
livestock trailers, according to the Arkansas Department of
Emergency Management. Several fires were started from lightning
The storms Wednesday will drive down the morning's warmer
temperatures with chillier air following in their wake, said
meteorologist Dan Depodwin on Accuweather.com.
(Reporting by Susan Guyett in Indiana, Tim Ghianni in
Tennessee, Suzi Parker in Arkansas, David Beasley in Atlanta,
Emily Le Coz in Mississippi; Writing by Barbara Goldberg and
Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Maureen Bavdek, David Gregorio and