Remnants of Lee soak South, threaten Northeast

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In Cherokee County in northwest Ga., National Weather Service meteorologists were surveying about 100 homes damaged by suspected tornadoes. One person had minor injuries from flying debris.

Tropical Storm Lee brought downpours and dangerous weather to large portions of the South. (Photo: Associated Press)

Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens toured a speedway that was damaged and said it appeared the storm struck a subdivision, went across a high school and struck another subdivision.

"Sometimes a house would be hit, and a lot of damage," Hudgens said. "And then the next door neighbor, nothing."

The rain was a blessing for some farmers who had been forced to cut hay early and had seen their corn crop stunted by a summer drought.

"Obviously we would like to have this a while earlier," said Brant Crowder, who manages 600 acres of the McDonald Farm in the Sale Creek community north of Chattanooga. "It's been hot and dry the last two months."

Jim Kelly, who farms about 5,000 acres of cotton, peanuts and corn in southeast Alabama and northwest Florida, said the much-needed rain came a couple of weeks before the harvest will begin.

"It's pretty well rained a little everywhere," Kelly said. "I think generally we are OK. We had a lot of wind. The cotton got blown around some."

As many as 200,000 had lost power across Alabama at the height of the storm, with most of the outages in the Birmingham area, Alabama Power spokeswoman Keisa Sharpe said. Outages were also reported in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina.

Meanwhile, in the open Atlantic, Hurricane Katia threatened to bring large swells to the East Coast but was not expected to make landfall in the U.S.

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