Storms Raking Southeast Pound Georgia Town

ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- There are reports of people trapped in homes and businesses, after a massive storm system that's been raking the Southeast pounded the Georgia town of Adairsville, about 60 miles northwest of Atlanta.

Video showed a funnel cloud roaring through the downtown area, flipping cars and demolishing a home. Large sections of a manufacturing plant appeared to be destroyed.

Interstate 75 is closed in both directions, after the storm flipped cars onto their roofs and tossed them onto the shoulder.

At least one person is confirmed dead in the town. A fire chief says the body was found amid the storm damage. The same system was also blamed for a death in Tennessee.

Officials confirm that a tornado touched down in the Tennessee community of Mount Juliet, leaving a path of damage about 150 yards wide.

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A winter storm has been ripping through the nation's midsection, with thunderstorms, damaging winds and possible tornadoes.

One person was struck by lightning and injured in Arkansas, where there are downed trees and scattered power outages. Entergy Arkansas says at least 9,000 homes and businesses lost electricity in several communities, including in and around Little Rock.

Forecasters say they're checking reports of possible twisters in the state -- one near Little Rock and two in northwestern Arkansas.

Tennessee and Mississippi emergency officials also warned residents about severe weather overnight.