Nightly News | January 31, 2013
>>> we devoted a lot of time here this week to the wild temperature extremes in our country, rising and falling, 50 degrees or more. and now we are paying the price in terms of violent weather. lots of damage, lots of accidents. our report tonight on all of it from weather channel meteorologist julie martin .
>> reporter: in michigan this morning, blinding snow caused a deadly chain-reaction accident nearly a mile long on i-75 near detroit. at least three people were killed and several injured.
>> there was a whiteout condition and once the first crash happened, other people couldn't see the -- actually see out from the hood of their vehicle.
>> reporter: hours later, another in michigan and a dozen vehicle pile-up in indiana. in maryland, water rescues caught on tape. firefighters forced to pull people from their cars as water quickly trapped them. 6 inches of rain in just a few hours forced laurel officials to evacuate several hundred people and open the pawtuxet river dam gates. several died. damaging winds across the northeast mangleded power lines and have left 100,000 people without power. this tree was no match for the punishing winds. you can see, it is completely up ended. trees crashed into houses in connecticut.
>> it was loud. when it hit the house and broke the glass it was pretty loud.
>> reporter: police cruisers crushed.
>> this is the same picture we see --
>> reporter: today, the view from above the incredible tornado damage in adairsville, georgia . survivors surrounded by mounds of debris. the top of the town's steel water tank torn open like a sardine can.
>> it all happened in maybe five seconds. i mean, it was just boom.
>> reporter: on the ground assessing the strength of the tornado, the national weather service 's keith steelman.
>> this structure alone would be in the ef-3 range. so what we'll do is look at others and come up with a final rating.
>> reporter: and here in adairsville, georgia tonight, initial estimates point to a tornado tracking some 24 1/ 2 miles with winds in excess of 160, all causing damage estimated at around $75 million. brian?
>> a wild night in these parts, as well. julie martin in georgia for us. julie,