New tornadoes strike TN

A second deadly round of tornadoes has struck Tennessee in less than a week, and other southern states were under a serious twister threat Friday night.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | April 7, 2006


A second deadly round of tornadoes has struck Tennessee in less than a week, and other southern states were under a serious twister threat Friday night.

At least 11 people are dead, eight of them in Sumner County, north of Nashville, according to reports from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. Three more people died in Warren County, southeast of Nashville.

Twisters and severe storms on Friday afternoon moved through the central and eastern parts of the state after tornadoes struck the western portion of the state last weekend.

Eyewitnesses reported roofs ripped from homes, overturned vehicles, and downed power lines. The storms brought hail of more than four inches in diameter.

Some of the worst damage - given the very preliminary assessments late Friday afternoon - appeared to be in the Nashville suburbs of Goodlettsville, Hendersonville and Greenbrier. Holladay - some 90 miles west of Nashville in Benton County - was also in the path of a twister. Damage was also reported north of Charlotte, Tennessee.

Some buildings at the Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin were severely damaged, and school officials were trying to account for all students.

Tornado warnings were issued for Mississippi and Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky and Virginia on Friday as well. Northeast Mississippi, northern Alabama and southern Tennessee were under the most serious threat, said forecasters.

National faith-based disaster response groups mobilized a coordinated response to last weekend's violent storms, which killed 24 people in western Tennessee and destroyed more than 1,000 homes and buildings.


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