Storms, high winds slam parts of South

Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 12:13pm

 Gusty winds knocked down trees throughout northern Georgia and the Carolinas on Saturday as severe storms brought heavy rains, tornado watches and flood warnings.

At Raleigh-Durham international Airport in North Carolina, wind gusts reached 85 mph, which was higher than the wind speed recorded at the airport during hurricanes Ivan and Fran, according to the National Weather Service.

There were widespread power outages around Raleigh and high winds blew down part of a condo that was under construction, leaving behind a heap of plywood, according to CNN affiliate WTVD.

In Georgia, firefighters successfully rescued a teenager from a mobile home after it was hit by a tree Saturday morning.

"The 14-year-old girl was trapped between the tree and some flooring that had already been knocked away," said Tim Cavender, a spokesman for the Cherokee County Fire Department, north of Atlanta.

He said the girl was in serious condition when she was taken to the hospital, but was alert and talking with paramedics.

A 2-year-old was rescued, suffering only minor abrasions.

Meteorologists say a cold front that pushed off to the east produced widespread showers and thunderstorms that stretched from the Gulf Coast northward into New England.

Severe thunderstorms also struck coastal areas of the Southeast. 


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