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Official: Storms destroy E. Tenn. homes, no deaths

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 28, 2014 at 1:17 am •  Published: July 28, 2014
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Powerful storms that raked across several states in the eastern U.S. on Sunday destroyed at least 10 homes in Tennessee, but there were no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries, authorities said.

Spokeswoman Gina Breeding with the office of emergency management in east Tennessee's Claiborne County told The Associated Press that officers searched ruined homes Sunday night in one particularly hard-hit community, Speedwell. She said the county sheriff and his wife safely took refuge in their basement when storms hit and destroyed their home.

"He and his wife are both OK," Breeding said by telephone, adding law enforcement officials had set up a command post for operations and a school was opened for anyone left homeless.

Later Sunday night, she said a second shelter in the area had been opened but that authorities still had no reports of injuries or deaths.

Breeding said the county emergency management and homeland security office hadn't confirmed whether the destruction was the result of a possible tornado, but noted there were high winds, lightning and heavy thunderstorms in the region Sunday.

"There are power lines and trees down," she said by phone. She said 10 homes and a grocery store were destroyed in the Speedwell area.

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