A powerful storm system had much of the eastern part of the country in its grip… producing severe winds, tornadoes and heavy rain.

Earl and Doug Worley in Franklin County after the tornado passed through their property, displacing a grain bin and bus. It destroyed a rental house they own across the street. Fortunately no one was living there at the time.

Larry and Delores Anderson’s home for 40 years has been destroyed. Delores made it out safely by taking cover in the basement, Larry was not at home at the time. The tornado ripped the roof off of their home.

Alecia Allen says her father was returning from a doctor’s appointment driving his truck on 220 south when the tornado blew through and caused a large tree to fall on the cab of his vehicle. Allen says her father escaped with minor injuries.

Franklin County officials say seven buildings were damaged, two were completely destroyed. Route 220 is back open. This morning 92 customers in Franklin County are without power, 152 are without in Patrick County.

The storm system is now responsible for at least five deaths since Thursday but has now passed. Meteorologist Jeff Berardelli tells us the forecast calls for a mostly storm free Easter Sunday.

Here’s the latest weather news…

An upper-level low pressure will drift east across the region today and tonight keeping unsettled conditions in place through early Sunday. High pressure pushes east into the area later Sunday bringing warmer and drier weather for early next week.

Your 5-day WHEEcast:

Today: 40 percent chance of showers, otherwise partly sunny and windy with a high of 58 and wind gusts up to 20 mph.

Tonight: 30 percent chance of showers with a low of 42.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 62 and a low of 44.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 75 and a low of 50.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 82. And a low of 56.

Wednesday: 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, otherwise partly sunny with a high near 78 and a low of 53.