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Tornado

Rick Martin stands in front of a Tennessean newspaper distribution center in Mount Juliet, Tenn., on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, that was destroyed in a severe storm. Forecasters examined the damage path of 4.6 miles Wednesday morning and estimated the peak wind speed at 115 mph, qualifying the tornado as an EF-2 twister. The path of damage was about 150 yards wide. (AP Photo/Kristin M. Hall)

Deadly storm hits East

January 30, 2013

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.