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Enforcing Curfew In Storm-Ravaged Areas

Grant Malow Grant Malow

LAFAYETTE, Tenn. - People who live in the hardest-hit areas have a new enemy -- looters.

Police in cities such as Lafayette are working to stop them.

A tornado that rushed the community ripped open people's homes. What was on the inside now lays strewn across fields and in the roads.

Fourteen people died in Macon County when a series of severe storms moved across the state Tuesday night.

The destruction can pique some people's curiosity.

"We don't want people that have no business on that road in that affected area at this time," said Grant Malow of the Lafayette Police Department.

Police are keeping track of who is entering and leaving certain areas.

The curfew is in effect from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Police patrol streets at dusk.

Officers found two looters Wednesday.

"There is a lot of stuff still to do, but things are getting better," said Jeff Stephens, a tornado victim.

He said about 70 percent of his possessions are salvageable.

The curfew only applies to the hardest-hit areas.

Homeowners can receive a pass to enter the restricted areas from the EMS office.

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