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Deadly storms with flooding rain and tornadoes leave path of destruction in multiple states

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Tornadoes, flooding rain and snow wreaked havoc across multiple states Tuesday, in a storm system that has already killed at least two people, destroyed buildings, uprooted trees and downed power lines.


As many as 27 million people are under risk of severe storms Wednesday as the destructive storm system moves east and is forecast to bring heavy rain, floods, high winds and severe winter weather from Maine to Florida.


In the past 24 hours, there have been 12 reports of tornadoes across six states — Alabama, Illinois, Tennessee, Ohio, Georgia and Kentucky. Multiple EF-1 tornadoes were confirmed in Jessamine, Anderson, Bourbon, and Nelson counties in Kentucky, as well as in Prospect across Jefferson and Oldham counties, with 95 mph to 110 mph winds. 


Many in the wind-battered states are waking up to the severe damage: homes stripped down to their metal bones, roofs ripped off buildings and power lines torn down.