Macon County Appears Hardest Hit

Macon County appears to be hardest hit by last night’s storms that produced tornadoes and left much of the state reeling.

More than half of the 50 fatalities across the mid-south occurred in Tennessee, where a pair of storms cut a 140-mile swath like a deadly sash across the state.

Weather experts are calling it the deadliest system to hit middle Tennessee in 75-years.

Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons says it was certainly the worst he’s seen in his town of Lafayette.

GAMMONS: “I’m guessing 25, 30 miles has been hit. We have places where there are 30 houses in one spot then another 30 houses. At this time, we have trailers we haven’t even located. We’re still missing people.”

Macon County has at least 10 confirmed deaths related to the storm. Gammons says the search and rescue efforts continue on the ground and by air.

[Helicopter flies over]

Clint Carter is a computer programmer who’s house sits in the path a tornado cut through these hills. As the windows in his house all blew out, he took his wife and kids to a closet and spent the rest of the night at a family member’s house.

CARTER: “We’ve talked to the sheriff’s department and evidently we’re having a very big problem with looters and so we’re basically just come home to protect our assets.”

The house next to Carter’s was flattened, though no one was home.


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