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Tornado Scars Rural Farming Community

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LAFAYETTE, Tenn. - Dozens of people in Lafayette are recovering from Tuesday's tornado, which battered the farming community in Macon County and claimed the lives of 14 people.

Residents sought assistance from an American Red Cross shelter, neighbors or relatives after the storm displaced several families.

More three dozen people spent the night at the National Guard Armory Thursday night. The previous night, 80 people stayed at the armory.

Crews worked all night on power lines to restore electricity to many parts of Macon County. 
People who live in houses that made it through the storm now depend on generators to bring in a little electricity to power a few appliances.

"I'm thankful to have my home," said Peggy Crowder, who lives in Lafayette, one of the state's hardest hit areas.

"Today, I was cleaning out the freezing up here and I thought, boy, this is a task," she said. "But then, no, this is nothing, I have something to clean."

There are 33 storm-related deaths in Tennessee.

A series of storms ripped across the state, leaving a trail of destruction from Shelby County to Macon County.

David Scheu, tornado victim, said all the walls are gone to his home and all of the glass was shattered.

"We're staying with family members right now," said Troy Griggs, another tornado victim. "I don't know what the plans are. Hadn't really thought about it yet."

Fourteen people died in Macon County, which is 60 miles northeast of Nashville.

The tornado destroyed countless businesses and homes. As many as 1,200 properties sustained some type of damage.

"Around through here, everybody's okay, but everybody lost everything," said Anthony Maner, a tornado victim.

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