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Tornadoes tear through Midwest, leaving widespread power outages

Damage in Georgia after a tornado touched down in the Holly Hills subdivision in northern Dublin and Laurens County on Friday morning. (Jason Halcombe/AP Photo/The Courier Herald)

Parts of the Midwest are cleaning up after tornadoes struck earlier in the week, while the storms moved on to the Mid-Atlantic on Friday.

A tornado in Jackson County, Tenn., on Thursday stripped away the roof of a high school gym, WZTV in Nashville reported Friday. Buildings in Alabama and Illinois also sustained structural damage, according to local reports.

Storms damaged schools and other buildings throughout midwest and southeast states, with more possible on Friday. (Reuters)

“We laid on our stomachs and held onto a metal gate,” said Tom Barger of Pike County, Ill. “Before long the building was completely gone that was on top of us.”

The Associated Press reports 60 mile-per-hour wind gusts caused widespread power outages in Illinois:

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for parts of Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Delaware on Friday, but the watch was lifted around 1 p.m. Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang is providing live updates on the squall here.

Meanwhile, a tornado watch remains for parts of eastern North Carolina:

Sarah Parnass is a video producer for The Washington Post. Before joining the Post, she wrote about politics for ABC News Digital.



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