Confirmation of another death pushes Tenn. fatality count to 33

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The number of confirmed deaths from overnight storms in Tennessee has reached 33 with another confirmed death in Greene County.

Storms that struck early today and late last night spawned likely tornadoes and caused deaths in a half-dozen counties.

There were nine deaths each reported in Bradley and Hamilton counties of southeastern Tennessee. Seven people died in Greene County in the northeastern part of the state. Other deaths included four in Bledsoe County, two in Johnson County and one each in Washington and Sequatchie counties.

Meanwhile, river flooding was increasing in West Tennessee with some roads being closed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Destiny Location: Hixson on May 1, 2011 at 03:53 PM
    My mother-in-law's house was hit by the tornado on Brayton Mountain in Bledsoe Tennessee. The four deaths in the county were her neighbors. It didn't matter how much warning they had, the tornadoes destroyed their entire houses. It's heartwarming to see how the community has come together to clean up after the storm, but that mountain will never be the same. A half-mile swath across the mountain looks like it got hit with a giant lawnmower. I just thank God that my friends and family are safe.
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      by Teresa on Jun 6, 2011 at 08:55 PM in reply to Destiny
      I live in the Brayton Community. The night of the tornado the power was knocked out.No power = no telephone... no water if you are using a well. I didn't even know that the Pitts Gap area was hit. The next am the power was still out, but I went on to work. At work, I received two calls from concerned friends. They had already heard that the Brayton Community had been hit. I had no idea that just down the road that a tornado had done so much damage. My great niece's mother in law and step father in law lost their lives. Often times, the news channels do not cover our area. Even with all the news coverage of the tornadoes, little was heard of Pitts Gap / Brayton.
  • by Dee Location: Seymour, TN on Apr 30, 2011 at 12:43 PM
    On Friday, my husband was walking in the back yard and found a cancelled check dated May 26, 2005 from McDonald, TN. He tried to call the phone number on the check but did not get a answer, then he tried to call the bank and the phone number had been disconnected. McDonald, TN is about 90 miles from us. We wanted to know if the people who lived at this address were ok. Our hearts go out for all of the communities.
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      by Teresa on Jun 6, 2011 at 08:57 PM in reply to Dee
      you could try a people search web site.
  • by Pentium 4 Location: Seymour on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:27 PM
    Let's not give credit or blame to God for this. It's all random. If you were spared you were lucky, if you were killed your luck ran out. It's really proof to me that there is no such thing as miracles. It's all random. People helping people after this is the only thing that is not random.
  • by Pattie Location: Florida on Apr 28, 2011 at 10:59 AM
    I am not from any of the states where these tornadoes cause so much death and destruction. I do however have family in alot of these states and friends as well. I am so thankful that God spared all my family and friends to my knowledge. My heart and prayers go out to ALL those who lost loved one. may God be with you and give you peace and comfort.
  • by S.A. Location: Knoxville on Apr 28, 2011 at 10:09 AM
    We are asking God to help and comfort. Do we not know who brought all this havoc and destruction in the first place? Who is responsible for this? If God cared He would not have done this.
  • by Rachel Location: West Knox on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:30 AM
    John Doe, I believe that is an awful thing to say about the deaths. We all know there were plenty of warnings, but in respect for those lives lost, and their family members, I believe that pointing out such an irrelevant thing is very disrespectful because you do not know the situations these people were in. Thanks.
  • by Steve Location: Bybee Tennessee on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:17 AM
    The storm that devastated Camp Creek Community just barely missed my area. I am so upset about all the loss of life and property damage. It is times like this that show us just how mortal we are.God please comfort all the people who were affected by these terrible storms!!
  • by mary Location: Knoxville on Apr 28, 2011 at 07:59 AM
    Thanks, Heather. My son-in-law, Steve Ricker grew up in the Camp Creek Community that is totally gone. He lost an uncle, aunt in hospital with severe injuries, another uncle still unaccounted for, 2 friends, a couple, dead, and more missing. Appreciate your prompt response.


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