Storms Kill 15 in Southeast

Tennessee, Mississippi especially hard hit
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2010 1:20 AM CDT
Storms Kill 15 in Southeast
A vehicle drives through floodwaters on a street in Nashville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

(Newser) – Severe thunderstorms in the Southeast killed at least 15 people over the weekend as floodwaters destroyed homes and flooded roads. Tennessee was particularly hard hit, with at least 11 confirmed deaths, AP reports. In Mississippi, one man drowned as his car was submerged under the rushing waters, and 2 others died in a mobile home destroyed by heavy winds. The mobile home "looked like you stuck 4 sticks of dynamite on it, and it just disappeared," said a local police officer. Gov. Phil Bredesen noted it could take days for floodwaters to recede, and said he'll take steps to have the catastrophe declared a federal disaster. (Read more Southeast stories.)

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