The same storm system that was responsible for the snow here in Wisconsin and in Iowa today has also been bringing severe weather and heavy rains farther south in the country. Earlier today, northwest Georgia was hit hard by a series of tornadoes. Hardest hit was the community of Adairsville. The video below shows a large wedge tornado tearing right through the heart of the city. The tornado did major damage to downtown and overturned over 100 cars on I-75. In the video you can see flashes of blue from the tornado ripping up power poles.
So far 8 people have been reported injured and one person was killed in a mobile home by the Adairsville tornado. This puts an end to a very positive weather record for the country. This tornado death marks the end of a record 220 days without a tornado related fatality in the country. The last tornado death was from EF-0 tornado in Florida associated with Tropical Storm Debby back last June. The previous record was 197 days set back in the late 80s.
A big contributing factor to this record was the fact that 2012 was a very tame year for tornadoes. It was the first time since 2002 that the U.S. had seen less than 1,000 twisters.
The threat for twisters will continue into tonight for southern Georgia up through the Carolinas.