Tenn. Rebuilding After Tornadoes Kill 10
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Apr 8, 10:32 AM (ET)

By JOHN GEROME

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GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) - Residents labored Saturday to begin rebuilding a day after tornadoes killed 10 people in Tennessee, the second wave of violent weather to hit the state in less than a week.

"We'll get on our feet again," Bernard Tavers said as he surveyed the demolished homes and piles of rubble in his neighborhood.

Crews worked to clear away the wreckage and restore services, but some people could be without electricity for a week, officials said.

Police patrolled the wrecked neighborhoods Saturday but there had been no reports of looting. Bystanders were warned not to smoke because of leaking gas.

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The tornado's path through the Gallatin area was 150 to 200 yards wide and at least 10 miles long, said Jimmy Templeton of the Sumner County Sheriff's Department.

Talmadge Woodall described the twister that destroyed his house Friday afternoon as "rolling, throwing debris hundreds of feet in the air." He lived in an upscale subdivision of Gallatin, about 24 miles northeast of Nashville.

"These were at least half-million-dollar homes or better," said Woodall, 81. "Now there's nothing left. I didn't even have a shingle off my house."

Later Friday and early Saturday, another line of severe thunderstorms rolled through Alabama and Georgia. Homes and businesses were damaged in the Atlanta suburbs, but the National Weather Service had not confirmed whether the area was hit by tornadoes.

"Several businesses are totally destroyed. Trees literally are sitting inside of houses," Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine said.

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Several people were injured in Alabama, two by falling trees, but no deaths were reported, officials said Saturday. A store was destroyed in Ohatchee, near Anniston, and homes and apartments were damage in the Birmingham area.

Weather officials said tornadoes were spotted Friday in about 10 Tennessee counties, but the worst damage appeared to be in the suburbs northeast of Nashville.

The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center said it had 47 preliminary reports suggesting tornadoes across the South on Friday.

Seven people were killed in Tennessee's Sumner County and three were killed in Warren County, about 65 miles southeast of Nashville. An eighth death in Sumner County was no longer considered storm-related, state Emergency Management Agency spokesman Randy Harris said Saturday. Hospitals admitted at least 60 people with storm-related injuries.

Last weekend, violent weather including tornadoes killed 24 people in western Tennessee and four others in Missouri and Illinois.

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Steven Davis, who lives about a block from Woodall's subdivision, said he was at home Friday when he heard the storm was coming. He ran to a neighbor's house to take shelter in a crawl space.

"When the tornado came through, the roof was off just like that," Davis said, snapping his fingers.

In the same area, Diane Carrier got pillows and bedding and covered herself up in the laundry room.

"I could hear cracking and snapping, and that was the roof coming off. It took seconds, then it was over," she said.

Nashville Electrical Service reported hundreds of electrical lines down and power outages for up to 16,000 customers, mostly in Goodlettsville. The number of customers blacked out was down to 3,060 early Saturday, officials said. Some people might have to wait a week for their power lines to be rebuilt, NES spokeswoman Laurie Parker said Saturday.

The number of tornadoes in the United States is up dramatically this year compared with the past few years, which were unusually mild, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.

Through the end of March, an estimated 286 tornadoes had hit the United States, compared with an average of 70 for the same three-month period in each of the past three years. The number of tornado-related deaths was 38 before Friday's storms, compared to an average of 45 a year from 2003 to 2005, the center said.

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On the Net:

Storm Prediction Center: http://www.spc.noaa.gov

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency: http://www.tnema.org

Nashville Area Red Cross: http://www.nashvilleredcross.org





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