Damaging Severe Storm, Tornado Outbreak in the South

December 1, 2010; 10:35 AM ET
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A large pine tree is snapped from its base in The Pines mobile home park from the storm damage Monday night in Starkville, Miss. Tuesday Nov. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/ Kerry Smith)

Severe thunderstorms rumbled from Louisiana to the Carolinas on Monday into Tuesday, producing strong wind gusts and tornadoes that damaged dozens of homes, injured several people and downed numerous power lines and trees.

A potent cold front sweeping across the South was the trigger for the severe storms and an injection of moisture ahead of the front acted as the fuel. The front was associated with a powerful storm that dumped snow over the Upper Midwest.

On Monday, cities and towns from Louisiana to northern Alabama were hit by severe storms with high winds and several tornadoes.

One tornado touched down northwest of Atlanta, La., destroying three homes. This twister cut a path of damage about 100 yards wide.

Seven tornado reports came out of Mississippi and four of them have been confirmed so far.

The heaviest damage was in Starkville, Miss., where 15 people were injured. Many buildings were damaged with many mobile homes entirely demolished. There was also damage to the Starkville High School Athletic Fields.

SPC Storm Reports for 11/29/10. The red dots indicate tornado reports and the blue dots indicate wind damage.

Numerous homes were destroyed and five people were injured by a tornado and near Amory, Miss.

Yazoo City, Miss., was struck by a tornado on Monday evening as well, making it the second tornado to hit the area this year.

A tornado was confirmed on Monday evening 1 mile west-southwest of Millport, Ala. The tornado caused minor damage to several homes and destroyed many outbuildings. A tractor trailer rig was rolled over by the twister.

The thunderstorms rattled areas farther east on Tuesday, from southeastern Louisiana to Georgia and the Carolinas.

SPC Storm Reports for 11/30/10.

A tornado touched down in Dexter, Ala., causing minor roof damage and knocking down several trees.

Severe thunderstorm winds blew cars off the road and twisted road signs near Talladega, Ala.

Atlanta was among the cities and towns that got hit by violent thunderstorms with destructive winds. The thunderstorms snarled the afternoon commute in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

At least 56 homes and one business was damaged in suburban Gwinnett County, Ga., located about 35 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta, by a possible tornado. According to CNN.com, at least a dozen of the homes sustained major damage.


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