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Justin Chandler searches through debris of his brother-n-law's shop after a tornado ripped through early Wednesdy morning Jan. 30, 2013, destroying several homes and businesses in Coble, TN. (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.