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Weather service says single tornado caused 24 of deaths in Tenn.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The National Weather Service in Tennessee says a single tornado that stayed on the ground for about 40 miles caused 24 of the storm deaths in that state earlier this week.

Meteorologist Larry Vannozzi says the tornado brought winds of 125 mph to 150 mph, making it a strength EF2 or EF3 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale of tornado severity.

The twister touched down near Gallatin in Sumner County, moved quickly across a small part of Trousdale County and continued through Macon County, then into Kentucky.

Seven people died in Sumner County, three in Trousdale County and 14 in Macon County.

The thunderstorm that spawned the funnel began near Oxford, Mississippi, and passed directly over the metropolitan Nashville area. The deadly twister touched down soon after the storm passed over Nashville.

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