Line of deadly storms moves through the South

Monday, May 3, 2010


Storms prove lethal in Tenn. and Miss.

A devastating line of thunderstorms slammed Tennessee and northern Mississippi over the weekend, killing at least 15 people, closing scores of highways, and leaving weeks of cleanup for thousands of residents whose homes were damaged.

Thousands were removed and hundreds of others were rescued from their homes -- some plucked from rooftops -- as floodwaters from swollen rivers and creeks inundated neighborhoods across the region. Hospitals, schools and state buildings also were flooded.

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen called it an "unprecedented rain event," but that statement did not capture the magnitude. More than 13 inches of rain fell in Nashville over two days, nearly doubling the previous record of 6.68 inches that fell after Hurricane Frederic in 1979.

"That is an astonishing amount of rain in a 24- or 36-hour period," Bredesen said Sunday.

At least seven people died in Tennessee, and an eighth person is missing and presumed dead. Three people in northern Mississippi were killed when their homes were destroyed by tornadoes and a fourth died after he drove into floodwaters. Four more bodies were found in Nashville on Sunday night.

-- Associated Press


Millions lack water after pipe breaks

Crews worked Sunday on a quicker-than-expected fix to a major water main break that left about 2 million people in the Boston area without clean water, halting coffee sales at many Dunkin' Donuts shops, triggering runs on bottled water and prompting the governor to warn against price gouging.

CONTINUED     1        >

© 2010 The Washington Post Company