Freaky Weather Hits the U.S. Thursday (PHOTOS)

Tornados in Alabama, storms in Georgia, and balmy temps in New York City. Photos of the crazy weather.

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Batten down the hatches. Hold on to your hats. Most important, brace for a glut of weather clichés, because storms are raging across the country, and forecasts indicate that they may only get worse. Powerful storms struck the Southern U.S. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, with tornadoes touching down in some states. Meanwhile, on the East Coast, temperatures surged to the upper 50s, and a coming cold front could mean the arrival of more violent storms. Here, a look at the extreme weather that’s plaguing so much of the country.

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Tornado in Georgia

Will Carter, 15, wraps himself up in a towel he found while searching debris for the family dog, a pit bull named Niko, upon arriving at his damaged home from school following a tornado Wednesday in Adairsville, Ga. A fierce storm system that roared across Georgia has left at least one person dead after it demolished buildings and flipped vehicles on Interstate 75 northwest of Atlanta.

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Damage in Tennessee

Hickman County Sheriff Cody Woods helps remove debris from a house after a storm ripped through in the early morning on Wednesday, in Coble, Tenn. A line of strong storms is pushing eastward across Tennessee, triggering tornado warnings and producing strong downpours of rain.

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Fog in New York City

A jogger runs along the East River past morning fog and an NYPD patrol boat. Temperatures were expected to reach into the upper 50s in the city Wednesday.

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Heavy Rain in Central Alabama

A line of severe storms, some containing small tornadoes and high straight-line winds, blew through central Alabama on Wednesday. Minor damage has been reported so far in Winston and Cullman counties.

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Severe Storms Over Birmingham

Here, the front moves through downtown Birmingham, Albama's largest city. 

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Rain in New Orleans

A man dashes in the rain toward the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans on Wednesday, as showers associated with a cold front moved through the area. The annual NFL Experience conference is being held there ahead of Super Bowl XLVII.

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Severe Storms in Ohio

Illuminating Co. workers disconnect power along Garfield Drive in Mentor, Ohio, after an overnight storm knocked down trees and power lines Wednesday. Power is out on both sides of the street.

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Warm Weather in Chicago

A lone jogger makes his way along Lake Michigan in unseasonably warm temperatures at Chicago’s North Avenue Beach on Tuesday. The relatively warm temperatures broke records in the area—but a thunderstorm is expected to usher in a chill and snow Wednesday.

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Storm Clouds Over Dallas

Storm clouds roll over North Dallas before a rainstorm blew through Tuesday.

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Lightning in Texas

Lightning streaks across the sky in Tyler, Texas, as a line of thunderstorms reaching from Texas to Chicago moved east Tuesday evening.

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Snow in Denver

A woman runs in the snow with her dogs in Cheesman Park in Denver on Tuesday. A winter storm moved through Colorado on Tuesday, dumping as much as two feet of snow in the mountains and four inches in the capital.