1 Dead as Storms Bear Down on South

Tornado warnings issued amid widespread property damage

By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 30, 2013 9:07 AM CST

(Newser) – It's getting ugly in the South, where fierce winds and heavy rain are slamming the region as unusually warm temperatures meet a coming cold front, creating a storm that could produce tornadoes. Fox News rounds up reports of damage and, in one case, death thus far: As many as 30,000 in the Nashville area are without power after 80mph winds raced through the city, and reports say one person was killed by the storms; east Tennessee is now bracing itself.

Sirens warning of tornadoes rang out in Louisville, and possible tornadoes were reported in Arkansas. That state has also seen flooding and power outages. "This weather system will reach its peak intensity this afternoon into the evening. It will only get stronger and cover a larger area over the next 12 to 18 hours," a meteorologist told Reuters. Just how volatile are the temps? Kansas City hit a high of 74 degrees yesterday; today's projected low is 28, with a chance of snow.

This NOAA satellite image taken early this morning shows a massive area of clouds across the Eastern US associated with a complex storm system in the Mississippi Valley.   (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)
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