Tornadoes Tear Across Tennessee



Tornadoes and several supercell thunderstorms tore across the South on Super Tuesday and Wednesday, killing at least 54 people, including 31 in Tennessee, and injuring more than 150. This was the deadliest storm front in nine years. Tornadoes typically kill about 70 people in the United States each year.
“I have never seen anything like what happened last night,” stated Karen Axley of Memphis, TN. “I have lived in tornado alley and still saw nothing like this. We had a weatherman who has been in Memphis for over 30 years. He was handed a note and he made the comment ‘I am seeing something I have never seen in all the 30 years I have been in this business…I have never seen it say Tornado Emergency.’ Needless to say that got a lot of people’s attention. It was raining tornadoes, and that in itself was truly amazing.”
Tennessee was hardest hit with 31 dead due to the storm activity. The weather service and state officials reported that in addition to the 31 who died in Tennessee, 13 were killed in Arkansas, seven in Kentucky and four in Alabama.
“It was very bad in Jackson,” according to Capt. Jerry Priddy of the Jackson Police. “A tornado hit Union Universtity, the biggest college in town, a retirement/nursing home and at least one subdivision. At one point had 13 students were trapped in buildings at the college.”
In addition to the deaths, 149 people were reported injured in Tennessee alone. Hospitals in Nashville were requesting people donate blood in response to the serious injuries.
“It was quite the evening last night,” Terry Browne of Fairview, TN told us. “A couple of tornadoes touched down here in Fairview around 9pm as the storm passed over us. I’ve never heard rain and hail coming down so intensely. It didn’t last long, but it sure was strong, along with the wind. What amazed me was we never lost power.”
69 tornadoes are said to have twisted their way across Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee according to the National Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
President George W. Bush will travel to Tennessee on Friday to survey the storm damage and offer his support to those affected, according to White House spokesman Scott Stanzel.
The office and staff in Nashville were spared, but siding and shingles were torn off the building, and trees and other debries littlered the ground. Power was off part of the night, and NES crews were in the street working on the power lines this morning.
The staff of joins our reader in prayer for those who lost loved ones, homes, or who were injured in the storms.

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