Transcript for Hail and high winds wreak havoc on New Orleans
this Wednesday night, the powerful winter storm stretching across 2,000 miles. Alerts from Texas all the way up into the northeast tonight. And a tornado watch in several states as we're on the air tonight. In New Orleans, look at this. A powerful gust of wind shattering the revolving door in this office building. And a suspected tornado downing trees and power lines in martinville, Mississippi. The severe weather heading toward the southeast and then up the coast. ABC's Steve osunsami from Atlanta tonight. Reporter: There's a long night ahead for parts of the the strong storm pushing through is bringing tornado warnings. A possible tornado knocked down power lines and blocked this highway. That is hail, big hail. Reporter: The pictures just now coming in, hail and high winds are forcing them to take cover in the lobby of this building. A blast of wind broke through the revolving doors. Those high winds bringing down this scaffolding, crushed several parked cars. One person was hurt. This is the wet side of a 2,000-mile storm that's dumping ice and snow to the rth, making it dangerous to travel for millions on the highways. In the Tulsa area, they had trouble keeping on the roads. In Oklahoma City, people had to push cards. An absolute mess here on I-40 eastbound. Cars have been here over an hour now. This tanker truck slid into a creek. The driver had to be hospitalized. In Missouri, this crash involving at least two semis and three cars shut down part of interstate 70 west of Columbia. At least one person here was hurt, too. This storm is now headed our way, here in Atlanta, where heavy rains are expected this evening. We're already under a flash flood warning and there's the chance of a tornado. David? Atlanta in the bulls eye, as Steve, thank you. Rob Marciano is live in New York City tonight as this whole system stretches up into the northeast. Rob? Reporter: Big storm, David, impacting everyone in the eastern half of the country. A dangerous situation in the southeast. Flood watches up, winter weather alerts, as well. This will time out over a 48-hour period, with heavy rounds of rain. Mostly rain up I-95. Snow ending Friday, but the winds get cranking Friday night. David? Rob Marciano, thank you. We're going to turn next
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