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TEMA: 31 Killed In Tenn.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency now confirms that 31 people were killed after a series of severe storms rushed through parts of Tennessee Tuesday night.

Devastation could be seen from Memphis all the way through Middle Tennessee.

Tornadoes developed in several locations, causing severe damage to buildings and flipping vehicles.

The storm first hit West Tennessee in Shelby County where three people died.

It then traveled east taking one life in Fayette County and two lives in Madison County. Several Union University students were taken to the hospital after storms ravaged the campus. Fifty people at Jackson Oaks Retirement Center were rescued and moved to a shelter, according to the Associated Press.

A Fayette County man died when the storm flipped his truck. Two dozen tractor trailer trucks overturned on Interstate 40.

As the severe weather moved closer to Middle Tennessee, it claimed three lives in Hardin County.

Traveling through Hickman and Williamson counties the path of the storm jumped up towards Sumner County. Seven people died there.  Two died in Trousdale County where one person is reported missing.

The largest number of fatalities happened in Macon County where 13 people died.

The National Weather Service will confirm Thursday what type of storm touched down in Macon County shortly before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

In related news, FEMA Director David Paulison will visit Tennessee Thursday.

Tornadoes cut across five states Tuesday.

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

He will also visit storm-ravaged areas of the state this week.

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