- The Washington Times - Monday, April 29, 2002

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Storms battered the Tennessee and Ohio valleys yesterday with tornadoes, high wind and hail, killing at least two persons and injuring dozens.
The tornadoes were part of a powerful storm system that swept across the Tennessee and Ohio valleys with heavy rain, large hail and high wind.
On the system's northern edge, up to 20 inches of snow fell overnight in Wisconsin, leaving thousands without power yesterday. And wet snow in Minnesota contributed to four traffic deaths.
High wind sweeping across southern Illinois early yesterday destroyed or damaged several homes near Dongola, about 30 miles south of Carbondale. The body of an elderly woman was found outside her mobile home, said Robbie McGee, a dispatcher with the Union County Sheriff's Department.
More than two dozen people suffered mostly minor injuries, and there were unconfirmed reports of tornadoes in parts of southern Illinois, said National Weather Service meteorologist Christine Zagorski.
Tornadoes touched down in the Middle Tennessee counties of Rutherford and Cannon at about 7:30 a.m., emergency officials said. At least 11 people were injured near Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, some 30 miles southeast of Nashville, and an undetermined number of homes were damaged, emergency officials said.
In Cannon County, "the last report was three homes destroyed two trailers and a log home," said emergency management director Faye Morse. No injuries were reported.
It wasn't clear if the tornado was the same one that touched down in Rutherford County.
When the storms crossed western Kentucky, straight-line wind destroyed a house in Irvington and killed a man, said Barry Hart, director of Breckinridge County Emergency Management. A woman found in the wreckage was taken to a hospital, he added.
About 30 people were injured in Kentucky, authorities said. The storms hit there around 4 a.m., said Ray Bowman, a spokesman for the state Division of Emergency Management.
"That's probably why we have more injuries than we usually do, because it's hard to alert people at that hour," he said.
Up to 20 inches of snow fell at the northern Wisconsin community of Elcho, where the 140-student Elcho High School celebrated its prom Saturday night.
"The power kept flashing out, and the speakers with the music kept going out," 16-year-old Kelsey Wolff said.
More than 35,000 customers of Wisconsin Public Service Corp. were without power yesterday, Wisconsin Public Service Corp. reported. In Minnesota, Xcel Energy spokeswoman Mary Sandok said 57,000 customers lost power during the night. By midday, the outages were down to about 18,000.

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