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Governor tours tornado-stricken Middle Tennessee

Governor Phil Bredesen took his second tour of tornado ravaged communities in less than a week.

Jenny Tuck shared her story with the Governor.

"And so the closet that was right there is all the way over there," said Tuck.

All that's left of her Gallatin home is scattered debris.

"I'm really impressed that he came out to see us and TEMA's also been here so it looks like they're gonna get a lot of people help," Tuck said.

Friday's storm spawned tornadoes across ten Middle Tennessee counties. The hardest hit: Sumner and Warren Counties. That's where the governor spent his Saturday by air and on foot.

"I wish everybody could come walk a neighborhood like this and see it 'cause I think you'd pay an awful lot more attention to those storm warnings and sirens if you'd actually walked and seen what one of these things can do," the governor said.

Back on Tuesday, Bredesen toured the Mid-South by helicopter after dozens of tornadoes whipped through the state. This second wave washed through before West Tennessee could come up for air.

"For people who've, you know, lost family members and loved ones, this is a terrible time. It's been a very, very tough week in that regard here in Tennessee," Bredesen said.

The worst-hit areas are now under a dusk-to-dawn curfew and National Guard soldiers are on duty to keep looters out. Search and rescue is still on as survivors clean up and cope with their losses. About 1100 homes are still without power as of Saturday. Some will have to wait a week to get out of the dark.

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