Dangerous storm strikes the Southeast

The storm, expected to strengthen in the Northeast, produced multiple tornadoes in Mississippi, heavy snow in Texas and is the cause of at least two deaths.
3:08 | 02/07/20

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We are here in New Hampshire, the crucial democratic debate right here tomorrow night and we'll get to that in just a but we begin tonight with that dangerous line of storms tearing across several states tonight, heading into several major cities in the east. At least 20 or the nay dose already reported. And at least two people killed. Children huddling in the hallways at a preschool in simpsonville, South Carolina. And look at this tonight. Workers holding the doors shut against powerful winds in Spartan burg, South Carolina. In Knoxville, Tennessee, torrential rains flooding roads. And in Alabama, one person was killed when severe storms swept through. Homes destroyed, some washed away. A very anxious night ahead with ice, snow coming behind this. ABC's Steve osunsami leading us off from Atlanta tonight. Reporter: Across parts of the south this evening, thunderbolts are raining down and families recovering from severe storms today are bracing for more tonight. The tornado sirens were blaring in Athens, Georgia. In uptown Charlotte, there were warnings to take cover. A reported tornado was approaching the city. All of this county is in a tornado warning right now. A lot of folks in schools. Reporter: At this south Carolina preschool, children were singing to themselves as they sheltered in the hallways. At this furniture store in span tanburg, they had to hold onto this door to keep the high winds from blowing it away. These are the heavy rains in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the flooded roads. In gatlinburg, the river through town was raging. Outside Chattanooga, first responders had to rescue this man by boat after his SUV was surrounded by flood waters. The waters rose so high in Kentucky, mobile homes were washing away. The high winds snapped trees across the storm zone. This dash camera video shows a driver on the highway nearly getting hit by a falling tree on interstate 285 in the Atlanta suburbs. This storm system has claimed at least two lives, including an Alabama woman killed in her home. The damage is total here, as you can see, what was left in that mobile home, strewn across all of these trees. Reporter: High winds ripped it apart. Another person was also hurt. David, I'd like you to take a look at what's around me. These are floodwaters along a walking trail. Water that shouldn't be here. Local forecasters say that we saw a month's worth of rain in just a few short hours. David? Incredible scene there in Atlanta tonight. Steve, thank you. As I mentioned at the top tonight, dangerous snow and ice moving in right after this in several major cities in the east. Let's get to meteorologist rob Marciano, tracking it all tonight. Rob? Reporter: Hi, David. What a mess. And this storm only getting bigger and stronger. We have the nor nay doe watch, including parts of Florida, right in through the Carolinas until after midnight tonight. The flash flood warnings going on and more winter weather, anywhere from two to eight inches of snow on the back side of this, and heavy rains continue for the east coast through tomorrow morning, drying out in the afternoon, turning colder and windier. Winds cranking right through Saturday. David? Rob, thank you.

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