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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)

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.