Powerful storm in Southeast flips cars, decimates homes; 2 dead

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A nearby office building and a distribution center for The Tennessean newspaper also had severe damage. Rick Martin, who bags the newspapers and helps his wife deliver them, was shocked when he saw what was left of the distribution center.

The metal frame of the building still stood, but its cinder-block walls had crumbled, and papers and plastic bags littered the trees.

“We feel real lucky,” he said on Wednesday morning as looked at the damage. “I would have hated to be in here when this happened.”

The nation has had its longest break between tornado fatalities since detailed tornado records began being kept in 1950, according to the Storm Prediction Center and National Climatic Data Center. The last one was June 24, when a person was killed in a home in Highlands County, Fla. That was 220 days ago as of Tuesday.

The last day with multiple fatalities was June 4, when three people were killed in a mobile home in Scott County, Mo.

• Associated Press writer Kristin M. Hall contributed to this article from Mount Juliet, Tenn.

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