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Tornadoes rake South, Midwest

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | April 28, 2002

Issued warnings went mostly unheard early Sunday morning when tornadoes struck Tennessee and Kentucky, destroying homes, killing one person, and injuring dozens.

Hardest hit in Tennessee were Rutherford and Cannon counties in the central part of the state, where a tornado touched down about 7:30 a.m. In Rutherford County, at least 10 people were injured and emergency officials still assessing damages Sunday afternoon said they couldn't yet tell how many homes were damaged. In Cannon County, emergency management reported that three homes were destroyed. There were no injuries in that county.

In Kentucky, the towns of Irvington and Providence, in the western portion of the state, were hit hard at around 4 a.m. In Irvington, in Breckinridge County, one home was destroyed, one person was killed, and seven were injured, two seriously. In Providence, some 15 people were hospitalized. Emergency crews were still determining residential damage there Sunday afternoon.

Emergency management officials said that the hour the storm struck led to more injuries because most people didn't hear warnings.

There was additional damage to homes, along with downed power lines and trees, across the South from hail, heavy rain, and high wind.

By Sunday afternoon, northeast Ohio was experiencing damaging winds, large hail, and tornado-like winds. Richland, Medina, and Ashtabula counties experienced strong damaging winds.

Storms moved east on Sunday into the mid-Atlantic region.

There were also reports of home damage and injuries from southeastern Missouri and southern Illinois and Indiana due to tornadoes.

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