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.