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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Middle Tennessee Chaplain who specializes in disaster assistance is thinking this week about the tornado survivors he met one year ago in Joplin, Missouri.

An EF5 tornado swept through Joplin May 22, 2011. The storm killed 161 people and wiped out entire neighborhoods, along with a hospital and ten public schools.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Over 900 Tennesseans have registered for federal disaster assistance following the severe weather that swept the state February 29 and March 2.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it’s already paid out more than $640,000 in disaster recovery assistance to residents in the 10 Tennessee counties that were declared disaster areas by President Obama.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Disaster assessment teams from Tennessee and the federal government are evaluating damage from the storms that swept through the state on Friday.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said there were a total of 75 tornado warnings issued throughout the state on Friday.

TEMA spokesman Dean Flener said Tennessee was lucky to escape without the fatalities several other states suffered, but damage has been reported in 19 counties.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Powerful storms claimed three lives in Tennessee Wednesday.  The storms were part of a massive severe weather system now blamed for 13 deaths in three states.

The damage appears to be light throughout most of Tennessee, but Cumberland and Dekalb Counties took a more direct hit.

Kenneth Carrey, Jr., is the Cumberland County Mayor.

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) — The National Weather Service says an EF-0 tornado did touch down near Smyrna yesterday afternoon, causing some property damage but no injuries or deaths.

The tornado had relatively low wind speeds of between 80 and 85 miles per hour. That didn't stop it from overturning a recreational vehicle, uprooting trees and seriously damaging the roof of a house.