Tornado Kills 2, Hurts 30 in Tenn.

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 10, 2009 6:18 PM CDT
Neighbors help sort through debris at the home of Jeff and Emily Carmen in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Friday, April 10, 2009.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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(Newser) – A reported tornado killed two people and injured 30 today in central Tennessee as a line of storms that killed three people a day earlier in western Arkansas crept across the South, emergency officials said. Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Donnie Smith confirmed the deaths Friday in Murfreesboro, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Nashville.

Elsewhere, a tornado touched down in southwestern Kentucky, injuring two people and destroying a mobile home. Large hail began falling in several North Carolina. In Tennessee, search teams fanned out across Murfreesboro, a city of about 100,500, looking for anyone trapped in homes. Police said there were three to five touchdowns mostly in the northern and western parts of the city.