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Storm System Wreaks Havoc From Gulf Coast to Northeast

Americans in more than twelve states got hit by a powerful storm system from Florida to Pennsylvania, spawning killer tornadoes.

Nick Mobley helps clean up a house owned by a family friend after a storm hit Appomattox County, Va., on Feb. 24, 2016. A powerful storm system swept across the East Coast on Wednesday, knocking out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses in the region. At least eight people were killed as some 60 tornadoes were reported on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the storm system threatened to topple more trees as a brutal line of winds plowed through Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida and New York. Jill Nance / The News & Advance via AP
Alice Clerval stands in front of her home that was destroyed during storms in Appomattox County, Va., on Feb. 24. Virginia saw the majority of deaths — four — and residents were struggling to keep stock of what they lost as they sifted through the debris. Jill Nance / The News & Advance via AP
Spectators walk through debris left by a deadly storm that swept through Waverly, Va., on Feb. 24. The storm spawned at least one confirmed tornado in Waverly. Steve Helber / AP
Newport News firefighter James Owens helps to clear trees along Cedar Lane on Feb. 24. Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency in response to the powerful storm. McAuliffe issued the declaration to enable state agencies to devote available resources to storm response and recovery. Rob Ostermaier / AP
Rescue Task Force team members check a chicken house that was blown down during a storm in Salisbury Township, Pa., on Feb. 24., Strong storms have moved through Pennsylvania causing multiple building collapses, tearing roofs off homes and downing trees and power lines. Blaine Shahan / AP
Men work on a structure in the aftermath of a storm with high winds in Gap, Pa., on Feb. 25. Crews in central and eastern Pennsylvania are working to restore electricity after strong storms moved across the state. Matt Rourke / AP
People clean up in the aftermath of a storm with high winds in Gap, Pa., on Feb. 25. The National Weather Service briefly issued rare tornado watches for eastern parts of Pennsylvania and western parts of New Jersey. Matt Rourke / AP
Young Kim, left, and his wife Michelle Kim cut up a tree that fell in their driveway overnight in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., on Feb. 25. Utility crews are busy trying to restore electricity across New Jersey after a wave of strong storms packing heavy rain and wild wind downed trees and power lines. Seth Wenig / AP
This aerial photo shows damage after a tornado ripped through the Sugar Hill Recreational Park in the town of Convent, in southern La., on Feb. 24. Tornadoes ripped through the RV park in Louisiana and significantly damaged nearly 100 homes and apartments in Florida as a deadly storm system rolled across the South, and then the Northeast coast. David Grunfeld / The Times-Picayune via AP
Destroyed trailers and vehicles are all that remain of the Sugar Hill RV Park after a suspected tornado hit the park in Convent, La., Tuesday, Feb. 23. St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin says authorities are using dogs to search piles of rubble left in the wake of the storm to find anyone else still missing under the debris. Max Becherer / AP
A home stands severely damaged by tornadoes and severe weather that swept through the area the day before, in LaPlace, La., on Feb. 24. Tornadoes and severe weather ripped through the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, mangling trailers at an RV park, ripping off roofs from buildings and killing at least three people in Louisiana and Mississippi, authorities said. Max Becherer / AP
Brittany Boatwright, left, and her brother Wes go through their parents' recreational vehicle which was turned over after tornadoes hit Pensacola, Fla., on Feb 24. Dan Anderson / EPA
A child's damaged room in the Price residence after tornadoes hit Pensacola, Fla., on Feb. 24. DAN ANDERSON / EPA
A resident works to salvage his belongings in Pensacola, Fla. on Feb. 24. Tony Giberson / AP
A couple surveys the damage to a property in Pensacola, Fla., on Feb. 24, after a powerful storm affected the area. Tony Giberson / Pensacola News via AP