East braces for more nasty weather after tornadoes

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By Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — The East Coast prepared Wednesday for yet another day of heavy rain, severe thunderstorms and strong winds, while residents and officials in northern Georgia surveyed more than 50 homes damaged by a suspected tornado.

Tornado watches were issued for parts of the Virginias, and officials in Washington, D.C., handed out sandbags to residents to protect homes from flooding. Thousands of customers were without electricity in the Mid-Atlantic, commuters were slowed by slippery roads and some schools delayed openings. The system was forecast to head toward the Northeast, with colder air turning the rain into snow.

In the north Georgia town of Buford, a possible tornado caused widespread damage to a neighborhood, but no injuries were reported.

The entire side of Mike Croker's two-story home was ripped off, exposing a living room with furniture and a staircase. Croker, 54, who has lived near Buford his entire life, said he was inside when the sound of roaring wind brought him to his knees and forced him to crawl into his bathroom.

"The kitchen's gone; the great room's gone," Croker told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution later. "It looks like to me it's pretty well leveled."

Other pictures showed shingles torn off homes and debris scattered across front yards.

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