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CNN BREAKING NEWS

Tennessee One of Hardest Hit States

Aired November 11, 2002 - 06:24   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

HEIDI COLLINS, CNN ANCHOR: We want to take you back to the weather now. It is the topic of the morning. The picture right now is deadly from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes. One of the hardest hit states is Tennessee.
We have Ben Singer of CNN affiliate WSMV in Nashville joining us now live from Coffee County, Tennessee.

Ben, what can you tell us from your area? BEN SINGER, WSMV CORRESPONDENT: Well, Heidi, the rain has stopped. The wind has died down. But things are far from normal around here. I want you to take a look at the scene behind me. The debris you're seeing belonged to one (AUDIO GAP) which a 10-year-old boy was inside at the time the storm hit. He did die in the storm. This is the hardest hit area, near Manchester.

And the overnight hours have really been about trying to restore some order in what seems like utter chaos.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

SUSAN FARRELL (ph): Just a lot of lightning, a lot of wind.

SINGER (voice-over): It's been a sleepless night for Coffee County residents like Susan Farrell, as they try to assess the impact of severe weather.

FARRELL: Someone came through, they were trying to get home, and told us that there was a tree down. And it sounded like about where our farm is. So we decided we needed to get over here as soon as we could and check and see. And sure enough, it is our tree and our fence was down, so our cows would have been out if we hadn't got over here.

SINGER: The storm downed trees and power lines and ripped homes apart.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We've got several houses that are completely destroyed, one trailer park that's hit really bad.

SINGER: More than a dozen people were sent to the medical center of Manchester. One was a 10-year-old boy who died when wind destroyed his home. Another man died in a trailer park in the same area.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's been pretty rough and it looks like it's going to get rougher.

SINGER: Authorities don't yet know the extent of the damage, but they're confident this storm will not be easily forgotten.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The fact that we had two people killed in this storm makes it the worst that I've seen.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

COLLINS: Again, that was Ben Singer from CNN affiliate WSMV this morning, reporting from Coffee County, Tennessee.

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