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Bredesen: Most Severe Trail Of Tornadoes He's Ever Seen

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Gov. Phil Bredesen surveyed the damage tornadoes left in seven Tennessee counties.

He said it's the most severe and longest trail of tornadoes he has seen since becoming governor.

On Wednesday afternoon, NewsChannel 5 flew with Bredesen as he surveyed the damage from the sky.   

He flew over Macon, Sumner and Trousdale counties.

The storms resulted in 28 fatalities, 150 injuries and widespread damage.

Bredesen spent an hour on the ground in Lafayette, where 12 people died.

He plans to sign a declaration within the next day or so to get financial aid. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has not been able to give a figure on the financial impact the tornadoes had on the state.

"They say love your neighbors, well I would love them a little extra over the next few days and pray it never happens to your family," he said.

The state National Guard wasn't deployed, but personnel from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are out in full force.

"To those who have lost loved ones or suffered injury, I want to say that the thoughts and prayers of our state are with you," he said. "Our priority today is to support our first responders and those most impacted by the storms."

"As we look forward, I pledge the full resources of state government to help people rebuild and get back on their feet as quickly as possible."

President Bush called the governors of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee to assure them that the U.S. government will help them.

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