Middle TN storms kill eleven

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities now say eleven people are dead after severe thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across central Tennessee.

The devastation comes in the same week that similar storms killed 24 people and destroyed about a thousand homes and business in western Tennessee.

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Randy Harris says eight people in Sumner County, northeast of Nashville, are confirmed dead.

He says three others in Warren County, about 65 miles southeast of Nashville on the Cumberland Plateau, have died as well.

Harris says the deaths were confirmed by hospitals and emergency orkers but names of the victims were not yet unavailable.

Weather officials say tornadoes were spotted in about ten Tennessee counties, with the worst damage appearing to be in the suburbs northeast of Nashville.

The storms were moving to the northeast after developing from a low-pressure system in the central Plains.

It was the second wave of violent weather to hit Tennessee in less than a week. Last weekend, thunderstorms and tornadoes killed 24 people in the western part of the state and destroyed more than 1,000 homes and buildings.

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