As a giant storm system passed through the American Southeast on Wednesday, a massive tornado touched down in Adairsville, Georgia, flipping cars and trucks across a major highway and killing at least one person while injuring numerous others.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that officials are receiving "numerous calls" about injuries relating to the storm. Interstate 75 has been shut down because "dozens" of cars have been overturned and now traffic is closed in both directions. A number of local houses and business have also been damaged as the storm passes across northwest Georgia. Local WSB-TV is streaming live with updates. Thankfully, so far there have been relatively few power outages, and no state of emergency has been declared.
There has been one fatality reported because of the storm.
Confirmed Fatality from the Adairsville, GA Tornado breaks a record streak of 220 days without a tornado death in the U.S. #sad :-(— Brad Panovich (@wxbrad) January 30, 2013
This is one of the many pictures to emerge that actually starts to depict the real scope of the twister:
There's also this pretty terrifying video of storm:
It's the kind of tornado that looks put together by a Hollywood effects team. You half expect this to be an excerpt from a tornado-horror movie trailer. Or B-roll from Twister.
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There's also this footage taken from a local office building:
The damage from the storm makes for equally riveting and horrifying images — it flipped and totaled cars on I-75:
Reports of injuries, no fatalities in Adairsville. Just got another photo of an overturned car. twitter.com/wsbtv/status/2…— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) January 30, 2013
And this tractor-trailer was no match for the storm, either:
Our photog just sent us this photo of a tractor turned on its side on Hwy. 140 in Bartow County. twitter.com/wsbtv/status/2…— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) January 30, 2013
This is another picture of a car flipped over on the highway that's pretty scary:
And this manufacturing plant was leveled by the twister:
Manufacturing plant in Adairsville, GA destroyed by tornado twitter.com/alastormspotte…— Mike Hayes (@michaelhayes) January 30, 2013
And if you're tracking tornado mentions on Twitter, it's not hard to find teenagers on tornado lockdown taking duckfaced selfies:
Tornado round two with all my little babies ☔ instagr.am/p/VHfkiNkY39/— Shayla Korn (@ShaylaKorn) January 30, 2013