- The Washington Times - Monday, November 11, 2002

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Severe storms swept across Tennessee early yesterday, killing at least three persons, injuring 13 and knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses.
The National Weather Service had not determined whether the damage in at least six counties was caused by tornadoes. Hardest hit were Montgomery and Sumner counties, both in middle Tennessee, where wind was estimated at 100 to 120 mph.
In Sumner County, Steven Graves and his wife survived after wind rolled their mobile home 50 feet.
"The trailer bounced over, and I told my wife we ought to get in the closet, and before we could get out of bed it started rolling. I just can remember it rolling for what seemed like forever," he told WSMV-TV of Nashville.
"I could feel the trailer crumbling apart, and I remember thinking I was going to die," said Mr. Graves, who suffered minor injuries. His wife was hospitalized but was expected to survive, authorities said.
Later yesterday, two storms thought to be tornadoes touched down in rural areas of southern Illinois as a separate line of storms swept across the Ohio Valley, but no damage was reported, the weather service and local officials said.
In Tennessee's Montgomery County, about 40 miles northwest of Nashville, Dennis and Karen Louise Tooby were killed when the wind blew their mobile home off its foundation and hurled it into an open field across the road, officials said.
Their belongings were scattered across a half-mile.
Another woman was killed when a mobile home was struck in Carroll County, about 100 miles west of Nashville. The woman, whose name was not released immediately, was found beneath her overturned mobile home, said Carroll County Sheriff Bendell Bartholomew.
In western Tennessee, a dormitory at Union University in Jackson and several homes in Madison County were heavily damaged. In Bells, 150 miles southwest of Nashville, a nursing home and a house were damaged, said Richard Ward, a dispatcher with the Crockett County Sheriff's Department.
The weather service said the isolated storms also brought heavy downpours to the middle part of Tennessee.
The storms cut a path similar to tornadoes that devastated Clarksville and Jackson in 1999, killing 10 persons, injuring 110 and damaging or destroying more than 2,100 buildings.

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