Deadly storm hits East

Associated Press
Harold Grant tries to repair his front door awning before cutting up a tree that broke in his front yard  after a tornado touched down, damaging 25 homes and knocking out power Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Ashland City, Tenn. Around 25 homes in Ashland City had minor damage. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

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The vast storm front stretching on a slanting north-south arc for hundreds of miles shattered homes and businesses around the Midwest and South with tornadoes and high winds earlier in the week. By Jan. 31, it had spread power outages from the Carolinas to Connecticut, triggered flash floods and forced water rescues in areas outside Washington, D.C.

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