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One Killed in Southern Storms

April 28, 2002

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Tornadoes battered parts of Tennessee and Kentucky on Sunday, destroying homes and sending people to hospitals. One man was killed when his home was destroyed by non-tornado wind.

The tornados were part of a powerful storm system that swept across the Tennessee and Ohio valleys during the night with heavy rain, large hail and high wind.

Tornadoes touched down in the Middle Tennessee counties of Rutherford and Cannon at about 7:30 a.m., emergency officials said. At least 10 people were injured in Rutherford County and an undetermined number of homes were damaged, emergency officials said.

In Cannon County, ``the last report was three homes destroyed _ two trailers and a log home,″ said emergency management director Faye Morse said. No injuries were reported.

It wasn’t clear if the tornado was the same one that touched down in Rutherford County.

When the storms crossed western Kentucky, straight-line wind destroyed a house at Irvington and killed a man who lived there, said Barry Hart, director of Breckinridge County Emergency Management. A woman found in the wreckage was taken to a hospital, he said.

Seven people in Irvington were taken to a local hospital and two of them had to be flown to University Hospital in Louisville for treatment of serious injuries, Hart said.

The Kentucky storms hit around 4 a.m., when most people were asleep, said Ray Bowman, a spokesman for the state Division of Emergency Management.

``That’s probably why we have more injuries than we usually do, because it’s hard to alert people at that hour,″ he said.

Some 15 people were hospitalized at the town of Providence, Bowman said.

Along with the straight-line wind damage, tornados were reported elsewhere in Kentucky, downing power lines, trees and damaging homes.

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