Tornadoes and Wind Storms

Deep South digs out after devastating tornadoes leave at least 20 dead

Deep South digs out after devastating tornadoes leave at least 20 dead

One by one, they trampled over the muddy grass, clambering over smashed pine trees and ducking under downed power lines. Weaving past huge piles of mangled metal — taking care not to stumble over frying pans, brooms and microwaves — they tried to reach the wreckage of their shredded homes.

“It looks like an atomic bomb went off,” Nathan Mahan, 62, said as he carried two black garbage bags full of clothes out of what remained of his destroyed white single-wide trailer at the Big Pine Estates mobile home park.

Mahan, a disabled former loom operator who lived with his wife on Lot 212, was lucky: He made it from his bedroom to the bathroom just before a tornado tore through the...

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