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Severe storms hit mid-South -- again

Storm system that battered Texas, Oklahoma Thursday moves across the South, leaving major damage in its wake.

NASHVILLE | April 13, 2008

Deadly storms struck again over the weekend across the nation's mid-South with tornadoes and flash flooding in some of the same areas hit by the Super Tuesday tornadoes.

The most severe storms through Friday afternoon were reported in Alabama and Tennessee. In Tennessee, in addition to at least six tornadoes, emergency responders rescued motorists from flash flooding. On Saturday, a tornado tore through homes in Wayne County, NC, destroying homes and trailers.

A state of emergency was declared Friday by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA).

The Tennessee and Alabama storms were part of the same weather system that hit parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Missouri earlier in the week. The weather front was forecasted to bring snow to some of the higher elevations Friday night and Saturday.

Most of the damage to homes was reported in Giles and Lawrence Counties along the Alabama border according to Jeremy Heidt, a TEMA spokesman. As many as 50 homes were damaged in those two counties.

An apartment building in Hoover, AL, reportedly lost its roof and damage was also reported in Gadsden.

Damage to Tennessee homes was also reported in Bedford, Cumberland, Warren and Macon Counties. Hundreds of homes and 13 people were killed in February when tornadoes hit Macon County.

In Texas and Oklahoma Wednesday and Thursday, a line of severe storms with high winds and heavy rain battered communities, damaging homes and businesses.

The storms destroyed about 40 homes in Breckenridge, Texas, where the Salvation Army helped feed residents and responders. Hundreds of homes in Muldrow, Oklahoma, were damaged in the same storm system.

While some residents were cleaning up, one community northwest of Oklahoma City was on edge Thursday night after being warned that a drainage dam could break and emergency officials in Pittsburg County reported irrigation canals had failed and damaged homes.

Straight line winds were reported as high as 70 miles per hour as the storms developed in west Texas late Wednesday and rapidly spread east across the region.

According to Jennifer Dunn, a National Weather Service meteorologist, a tornado touched down in Palo Pinto County near Oran where a number of homes were damaged.

An Oklahoma motorist was killed Thursday in an accident attributed to the storms while another was rescued from high waters.

The storms came on the heels of severe storms that hit the Dallas-Fort Worth area Tuesday night, causing isolated residential roof damage due to hail and high winds.


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