Storms Leave Trail of Damage in Southeast US

By Michael Doll, Meteorologist
January 12, 2014; 10:42 AM ET
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Just days after an arctic blast broke low temperature records in the Southeast, this weekend started with severe thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes.

The violent thunderstorms did not wait for the heating of the day on Saturday to erupt, bearing down on the Atlanta area shortly after daybreak.

The thunderstorms left a trail of damage, mainly in the form of strong winds, from eastern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle to North Carolina.

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Some of the trees downed by the thunderstorms in Alexander City, Ala., landed on homes. North of Atlanta near Woodstock, Ga., an emergency manager reported that two people became trapped after trees fell onto a mobile home.

Winds early Saturday afternoon gusted to 86 mph at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, N.C., while a funnel cloud was sighted to the west in the community of Bynum.

As many as 45,000 Duke Energy customers in North Carolina were without power late Saturday afternoon, the utility said on its website.

Weather-related flight delays occurred at Philadelphia International Airport.

Sunday will bring cooler weather along with lower humidity.

AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski contributed to the content of this story.

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