Tornado Damage Assessments Begin

Mar 6, 2012

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.

"We had forty-five people injured and transported to hospitals in the state. It looks as if right now we have about 818 structures across the sate receiving some type of damage."

Flener said teams from local, state and federal agencies are in the field today assessing damage. A federal disaster declaration is possible.

Hamilton, Bradley and Jackson counties seem to have suffered the worst damage.