2 dead, splintered debris, after storms rake South

KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press Published:

ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Kandi Cash walked through the debris of her grandparents' demolished house in north Georgia, hoping to salvage family keepsakes after violent storms raked the Southeast, leaving two dead.

The house was one of many in the Georgia city of Adairsville splintered by a massive storm front that tore across several states Wednesday, unleashing tornadoes and dangerous winds that flipped cars and destroyed homes and businesses.

Authorities say falling trees claimed two lives: a man killed in Tennessee while taking shelter in a shed and another man crushed in his bed in Georgia.

The storm front sprang out of the Midwest on Tuesday and also knocked out power to thousands. There were several reports of tornadoes. Early Thursday, parts of Virginia remained under tornado watches as the storm headed toward the Atlantic.