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East Coast faces severe weather, including possible tornadoes

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Nicholas Sakelaris

Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Heavy rain, wind and possibly tornadoes will have a hand in the election Tuesday along the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, forecasters said.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's storm prediction center has issued a tornado watch for parts of east Tennessee, west North Carolina and north Georgia. Storms have already left a trail of damage in Tennessee, Alabama and Louisiana, including at least one confirmed tornado that damaged barns and outbuildings in Scottsboro, Ala.

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One woman is dead in Christiana, Tenn. after a possible tornado caused a home to collapse. Two others were injured in a mobile home that rolled over in Christiana, south of Nashville. Two homes were hit early Tuesday in Estill Springs, northwest of Chattanooga. Officials said a fire truck was blown off the road amid the harsh weather.

Forecasters said severe thunderstorms may continue into Tuesday evening from the eastern Carolinas to parts of south Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama.

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"There's a risk along that line that a couple brief tornadoes could develop as they move through," National Weather Service Nashville Meteorologist Sam Herron told the Tennessean.

Tennessee will get another round of severe weather late Tuesday and early Wednesday

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"Nighttime tornadoes are difficult to spot. People need to make sure they have somewhere to get news, weather radio, their phones, so they know what's happening. It will be late, when people are most likely sleeping," NWS Nashville meteorologist Faith Borden said.

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The storms Tuesday could have a significant impact on voting in the affected areas, if they make it more difficult for voters to get to the polls.

The forecast in the Great Lakes and Northeast call for heavy rains and wind gusts up to 40 mph, especially in New York state and New England. In North Dakota, Michigan and Minnesota, rain could change over to snow, which is also possible in Montana and Wyoming.

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