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Several children among dead as tornadoes tear through Tennessee, killing at least 22 people

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Several children among dead as tornadoes tear through Tennessee, killing at least 22 people


NASHVILLE – Tornadoes killed at least 22 people, including several children, and destroyed at least 140 buildings in Tennessee as severe storms erupted in the state late Monday and early Tuesday morning, as part of a sprawling system which threatened more severe weather conditions from Texas to North Carolina.

A powerful and a deadly storm across Middle Tennessee spawned a tornado that swept through Nashville early Tuesday morning, cutting a strip of destruction that crossed the city for miles.

Earlier, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said that “several people” were missing and that many were injured. The governor, who declared a state of emergency for Tennessee, did not provide precise figures on the injured or missing, but noted that 30 rescuers had been injured.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Lee at a press conference Tuesday morning. “We have lost lives across the state. This morning, four different counties had confirmed deaths. “

Lee said he was in touch with the White House “to ask for help”.

President Donald Trump tweeted support Tuesday morning: “Pray for all those affected by the devastating tornadoes in Tennessee. We will continue to follow developments. The federal government is with you throughout this difficult time . “

The president said he would travel to Tennessee on Friday to tour the damage.

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