Deadly storm hits East

The vast storm front stretching on a slanting north-south arc for

hundreds of miles shattered homes and businesses around the Midwest and

South with tornadoes and high winds earlier in the week. By Jan. 31, it

had spread power outages from the Carolinas to Connecticut, triggered flash floods and forced water rescues in areas outside Washington, D.C.

Nathan Varnes, of Cartersville, Ga., helps search a destroyed home for a dog after a tornado struck, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Adairsville, Ga. A fierce storm system that roared across Georgia has left at least one person dead after it demolished buildings and flipped vehicles on Interstate 75 northwest of Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Workers look for personal belongings following a tornado at the Daiki plant, a metal fabrication company, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Adairsville, Ga. A fierce storm system that roared across Georgia has left at least one person dead after it demolished buildings and flipped vehicles on Interstate 75 northwest of Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Will Carter, 15, wraps himself up in a towel he found while searching debris for the family dog, a pit bull named Niko, upon arriving to his damaged home from school following a tornado, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Adairsville, Ga. A fierce storm system that roared across Georgia has left at least one person dead after it demolished buildings and flipped vehicles on Interstate 75 northwest of Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

In this image made from video and released by WSB TV in Atlanta, a tornado moves through the town of Adairsville, Ga. on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013. A fire chief says a storm that roared across northwest Georgia has left overturned vehicles on Interstate 75 northwest of Atlanta, and crews are responding to reports of people trapped in storm-damaged residential and commercial buildings. (AP Photo/WSB TV) MANDATORY CREDIT

Debris lies on yard after a tornado moved through Adairsville, Ga. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. A fierce storm system that roared across northwest Georgia has left at least one person dead and a trail of damage that included demolished buildings in downtown Adairsville and vehicles overturned on Interstate 75 northwest of Atlanta. A tornado touched down in Adairsville, and authorities confirmed that at least one person was killed in the town about 60 miles northwest of Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Debris lies on yard after a tornado moved through Adairsville, Ga. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. A fierce storm system that roared across northwest Georgia has left at least one person dead and a trail of damage that included demolished buildings in downtown Adairsville and vehicles overturned on Interstate 75 northwest of Atlanta. A tornado touched down in Adairsville, and authorities confirmed that at least one person was killed in the town about 60 miles northwest of Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Thomas Ivey carries section of a tree he cut up after it was blown over by tornado that hit the corner of his friend's house Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Ashland City, Tenn. Around 25 homes in Ashland City had minor damage. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Thomas Ivey carries section of a tree he cut up after it was blown over by tornado that hit the corner of his friend's house Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Ashland City, Tenn. Around 25 homes in Ashland City had minor damage. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Harold Grant tries to repair his front door awning before cutting up a tree that broke in his front yard after a tornado touched down, damaging 25 homes and knocking out power Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Ashland City, Tenn. Around 25 homes in Ashland City had minor damage. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Harold Grant tries to repair his front door awning before cutting up a tree that broke in his front yard after a tornado touched down, damaging 25 homes and knocking out power Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Ashland City, Tenn. Around 25 homes in Ashland City had minor damage. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

A vehicle lies on a road after a tornado moved through Adairsville, Ga. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. A fierce storm system that roared across northwest Georgia has left at least one person dead and a trail of damage that included demolished buildings in downtown Adairsville and vehicles overturned on Interstate 75 northwest of Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Residents search through debris after a storm ripped through Coble, Tenn. early Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. A large storm system packing high winds, hail and at least one tornado tore across a wide swath of the South and Midwest on Wednesday, killing one person, blacking out power to thousands and damaging homes. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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Hickman County Sheriff, Cody Woods helps remove debris from a house after a storm ripped through early morning on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Coble, Tenn. A line of strong storms is pushing eastward across Tennessee, triggering tornado warnings and producing strong downpours of rain. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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The Shanes family searches through debris of their families home after a tornado ripped through early Wednesday morning Jan. 30,2013, destroying several homes and businesses in Coble, Tenn. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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Debris lies on yard after a tornado moved through Adairsville, Ga. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. A fierce storm system that roared across northwest Georgia has left at least one person dead and a trail of damage that included demolished buildings in downtown Adairsville and vehicles overturned on Interstate 75 northwest of Atlanta. A tornado touched down in Adairsville, and authorities confirmed that at least one person was killed in the town about 60 miles northwest of Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Justin Chandler searches through debris of his brother-n-law's shop after a tornado ripped through early Wednesdy morning Jan. 30, 2013, destroying several homes and businesses in Coble, TN. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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Storm damage in Adairsville, Ga.

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In this image made from video and released by WSB TV in Atlanta, a tractor and trailer rest on the highway after a tornado moved through the town of Adairsville, Ga. on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013. A fire chief says a storm that roared across northwest Georgia has left overturned vehicles on Interstate 75 northwest of Atlanta, and crews are responding to reports of people trapped in storm-damaged residential and commercial buildings. (AP Photo/WSB TV)

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In this image made from video and released by WSB TV in Atlanta, a tornado moves through the town of Adairsville, Ga. on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013. A fire chief says a storm that roared across northwest Georgia has left overturned vehicles on Interstate 75 northwest of Atlanta, and crews are responding to reports of people trapped in storm-damaged residential and commercial buildings. (AP Photo/WSB TV)

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Rick Martin stands in front of a Tennessean newspaper distribution center in Mount Juliet, Tenn., on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, that was destroyed in a severe storm. Forecasters examined the damage path of 4.6 miles Wednesday morning and estimated the peak wind speed at 115 mph, qualifying the tornado as an EF-2 twister. The path of damage was about 150 yards wide. (AP Photo/Kristin M. Hall)

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Harold Grant tries to repair his front door awning before cutting up a tree that broke in his front yard after a tornado touched down, damaging 25 homes and knocking out power Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Ashland City, Tenn. Around 25 homes in Ashland City had minor damage. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

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Jean Fogus, left, and her daughter Pamela Luna stand on there porch after tornado touched down damaging the siding, uprooted a tree and knocked out power to there home along Batson Drive Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Ashland City, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)