A spring storm spawned 28 tornadoes and winds up to 80 mph on a path from Illinois to the Deep South, killing four persons and injuring nearly 30 as it devastated trailer parks, toppled trees and knocked out electricity before moving out into the Atlantic yesterday.
High wind lashed Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia on Friday. At least 20 Alabama counties reported power outages and roads were closed in several areas because of fallen trees.
Two persons died in their car in Roanoke, Ala., when a tree limb fell on it.
Winds gusting to 65 mph in Marion, Ohio, toppled a tree onto a 2-year-old boy, killing him, authorities said.
One man was killed and his sister was injured in Tilden, Ill., when winds demolished their mobile home, said Randolph County Coroner Neil Birchler.
High winds closed busy Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport for about 45 minutes and knocked six Atlanta TV stations off the air temporarily. At least 40,000 homes, almost all in metropolitan Atlanta, were left without electricity.
Meanwhile, heavy rain helped suppress wildfires that blackened 70,000 acres of brush and woodlands across eight southeastern states, but gusty winds fanned the embers and weary firefighters stood by for new outbreaks.
"Every time we got a report of rain falling in some place, you could see people's faces lighting up," said David Guth, a spokesman for the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management.