Governor Bredesen tours damage in Middle Tennessee

Gov. Phil Bredesen (D-Tennessee) meets with emergency crews on the ground in Macon County, Tennessee.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- Governor Phil Bredesen made an aerial tour Wednesday of Macon, Sumner and Trousdale Counties in the wake of deadly tornadoes that struck Tennessee on Tuesday.

The storms resulted in an estimated 28 fatalities, 150 injuries and widespread damage in seven counties across Tennessee. Bredesen spoke with first responders in Macon County, which was one of the hardest hit with more than 68 injured and 12 storm-related fatalities.

“To those who have lost loved ones or suffered injury, the thoughts and prayers of our state are with you,” said Bredesen. “Our priority today is to support our first responders and those most impacted by the storms. As we look forward, I pledge the full resources of state government to help people rebuild and get back on their feet as quickly as possible.”

Bredesen will tour impacted areas of West Tennessee on Thursday.

(This story is a news release from the State of Tennessee)