Tornadoes Sweep Through Tennessee, Kill 11 (USA)

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Tornadoes Sweep Through Tennessee, Kill 11 (USA)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A line of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes marched across the South on Friday, peeling away roofs, overturning cars and killing at least 11 people in Tennessee, officials said.

It was the second wave of violent weather to hit the state in less than a week. Last weekend, thunderstorms and tornadoes killed 24 people in the western part of the state and destroyed more than 1,000 homes and buildings.

The storms raked an area from northern Mississippi to northern Virginia as they moved to the northeast late Friday after developing from a low-pressure system in the central Plains.

Downtown Nashville was spared any damage, but the city's suburbs were hardest hit, with at least eight deaths. Three more people were killed in a rural area about 65 miles southeast of Nashville.

Fire Chief Joe Womack said three bodies were pulled from the wreckage of homes in a subdivision of Gallatin, about 24 miles northeast of the city.

Steven Davis, who lives about a block from the subdivision, said he ran to a neighbor's home to take shelter in a crawl space when he heard the storm approaching.

"When the tornado came through, the roof was off just like that," Davis said, snapping his fingers. Houses on each side of his street were destroyed.

"Our neighborhood is leveled," Davis said.

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This is like the 3rd wave of deadly tornado's to go through the states in the last month or so. Spring has just begun
By YCON: posted on 8-4-2006

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