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Posted on 04/02/2006 9:22:12 PM PDT by HAL9000
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reports that eight people were killed when a tornado hit Newbern, Tenn., in Dyer Co., on Sunday night. No further details were available. Earlier, an amateur radio operator reported that one person was killed at the Jimmy Dean plant in Newbern, but it's unclear whether the additional deaths happened there.
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Horrible for twisters to happen at night. You don't really have a chance.
NE Arkansas, per some reports, has been hit by this same storm front, too -- tornadoes and winds.
The town of Marmaduke, Ark. was hit by a tornado, and numerous hail storms were reported across the state.
Thank you for the local update. We have family in Jackson, Dyersburg, Milan and thereabouts. Prayers for Tennessee.
0620 PM TORNADO MARMADUKE 36.19N 90.39W 04/02/2006 GREENE AR TRAINED SPOTTER
TORNADO REPORTED IN TOWN WITH HEAVY DAMAGE.
It looks like the next cell will go just south of Memphis, hitting the conservative county of Desoto, in MS.
At least eight dead in Dyer Co. following severe weather
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Emergency officials reported that eight people in west Tennessee were killed Sunday night as severe storms and possible tornadoes swept across the state.
Local emergency officials reported the eight deaths in Dyer County, and they were concerned the number of fatalities could rise, said Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Kurt Pickering.
The Jackson Sun newspaper reported one fatality in Gibson County, which is next to Dyer County in western Tennessee.
Tornadoes were reported in several West Tennessee counties as storms also caused extensive damage to buildings, officials said.
The National Weather Service reported that tornadoes were spotted in five counties in Tennessee's northwest corner: Obion, Dyer, Gibson, Weakley and Carroll.
Parts of Arkansas were battered with tornadoes and pelted with softball-sized hail Sunday afternoon in storms that destroyed several homes and left dozens of people injured. Severe thunderstorms also raced across parts of Illinois and Indiana, where concertgoers in downtown Indianapolis were sent scrambling for cover.
© 2006 The Associated Press.
Now is a good time to shut up.
Sunday night tornados leave behind death, destruction
At least nine fatalities were reported Sunday night after tornadoes touched down in several West Tennessee counties, though emergency officials were still assessing injuries and the extent of the damage.
Eight fatalities were reported in Dyer County, according to Kurt Pickering with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. No further details were immediately available.
An unidentified person was found dead on arrival on Big Skinner Road in Bradford in Gibson County, and six injured children were brought into that city's emergency response center from Griffin Chapel Road, according to a firefighter.
The small Gibson County city also reported heavy damage to the police department, fire department and city hall. The city has set up a command center at Tenn. 54 and Tenn. 105
Should I be scared?
Cause I am not.
I saw three of them in the Arkansas delta-region driving back to Memphis today. I had pulled over underneath an overpass (precious few of those in the delta, let me tell you), and I looked back and saw three of the them. One of them hit the ground and sit debris all over the place. Very sparsely populated there--just farmland as far as you can see. So I got the heck out of there. Huge hail stones.
I felt terrible for people living in that area. Just looking for a spot to pull my car under I realized how helpless many of these people had to feel. There's nothing you can do, and if that tornado comes down on your home, you're screwed.
I prayed and will continue to pray for these people tonight. I've never seen a tornado before. We didn't get many of them in E.Tennessee.
Nasty little storms. Very odd feeling mixture of electricity, periods of on and off again heavy rains, giant hailstones, and then the tornadoes. Then you arrive in Memphis and sirens are going off all across the city. Definitely not Knoxville.
I'm just curious...
Were you really sitting at your computer after typing that reply thinking "Wow, people will really get a chuckle out of that, and think I'm really creative and witty"?
Those are deathtraps, you know; National Weather Service has gone to great lengths to convince people not to get under overpasses when tornadoes are around.
The famous video of the people under the overpass in Kansas as the tornado passes overhead was of a VERY weak tornado.
In the OKC F-5 people actually left their houses and drove to overpasses and got under them thinking they offered protection; a number of them were killed or severely maimed. In many overpasses they'll actually funnel wind and increase wind speeds. Also so many people for that tornado stopped on highways to get under overpasses it blocked traffic creating an even more dangerous situation.
I am curious too...
But the questions I would ask are better left out of FR...
Thanks for giving that warning. They do it all the time here when tornadoes are in the area -- stay out from underpasses is repeated time and time again.
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