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CHICAGO Severe storms unleashed powerful winds, large hail and heavy downpours on Wednesday in the U.S. Southeast and parts of the Midwest, where several damaging tornadoes reportedly touched down and two people were injured, forecasters said.

Ten tornadoes swept through parts of Georgia, South Carolina and Indiana, leaving behind damaged homes and businesses and downed trees and powerlines, according to spotter reports on the National Weather Service website.

A child was injured when a tree fell on a house near Florence, South Carolina, reported.

The storm front also brought baseball- and golf ball-size hail that shattered windows and dented vehicles throughout Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee, according to social media.

In Sumter County, Georgia, around 145 miles (230 km) south of Atlanta, three homes were damaged but reports of a massive tornado were inaccurate, said Nigel Poole, the county’s emergency management director.

A fire department building and elementary school in the town of Goodman, Missouri, some 300 miles (480 km) southwest of St. Louis, were extensively damaged when a tornado touched down on Tuesday night. See more…