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“Tennessee remains in a state of emergency Wednesday after a powerful and fast-moving storm cut across Middle Tennessee in the early hours of Tuesday morning, dropping tornadoes that roared up to 165 miles per hour. At least 24 people are confirmed dead, including 5 children under the age of 13.

The overnight disaster injured scores of people and damaged or destroyed homes, businesses, schools, and churches across four counties. Tens of thousands of people and businesses remain without power Wednesday.

Among the dead are at least 5 children in Putnam County, which suffered the greatest human toll. At least 18 people died in the county and 88 were injured — two of whom were flown out — in a 2-mile stretch west of Cookeville. Another 22 are still missing. “

Source: USA Today


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