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13 Killed In Severe Storms In Macon County


LAFAYETTE, Tenn. - Power has not been restored in Macon County where 13 people died when severe storms rushed through Tuesday night.

About 1,200 homes were damaged along a 20-mile stretch of destruction.

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in the Galen community was among the buildings destroyed.

"I preached my first sermon here on July 6th of last year," said budding preacher Michael Horton, overlooking the debris where Antioch Missionary Baptist Church once stood.

He said the devastation does "test your faith, but (God) has a reason for everything."

Church member Dixie Ellis died in the storm.

American Red Cross teams assessing damage believe it could cost up to $2.5 million to provide relief to victims in Macon and two surrounding counties.

"Once we borrow that money from national we have to pay it back, which means the local chapter here really has to get busy fundraising," said Jill Gorin, a spokeswoman for the Nashville area chapter of the American Red Cross. "But we try to that do all year long to prepare for things like this."

The Red Cross established a shelter at an armory in Lafayette, which is about 60 miles northeast of Nashville.

While pets may be barred from most shelters, the Nashville Humane Society has dispatched its rover mobile to take care of the pets of shelter users.

The storm tipped over nearly all of the headstones at Burrow Cemetery in Macon County.

The storm that struck the county has been classified as an EF2 tornado because of its intensity and its area.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reported that more than 100 people were injured by the storms, which knocked out power in at least nine counties across the state.

The storms damaged the FedEx hanger at Memphis International Airport, a mall in Memphis and overturned 25 tractor-trailers on Interstate 40.

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