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Jean Fogus, left, and her daughter Pamela Luna stand on there porch after tornado touched down damaging the siding, uprooted a tree and knocked out power to there home along Batson Drive Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Ashland City, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

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.