At least 24 dead from Tennessee tornadoes





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Published on Mar 9, 2020


Baxter, Tennessee - 3 March 2020
1. Billy Dyer pointing out tornado damage, pan to heavily damaged house
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Billy Dyer, resident with home damaged by tornado:
"My telephone went off, alarm emergency storm. It was downstairs. Now I don't ever take my phone (upstairs), but I heard it. I was upstairs. My wife's upstairs. Her phone went off. We go downstairs into the basement. By the time we got there, got the TV on to check out storm. Everything started to explode. It's crazy. It was like it was just blowing up and terrifying."
3. Pan down destroyed cars ++MUTE++
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Billy Dyer, resident with home damaged by tornado:
"No, I had to go through the basement. It was all caved in. It's all been pushed back now. It was all caved in. My daughter lives next door (in) my mom and dad's old home. It blew, it's about all gone. She was down in the basement. She called me screaming and crying. You just see her barely in the basement, you know?"
5. Tornado debris ++MUTE++
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Billy Dyer, resident with home damaged by tornado:
Dyer: "That will be it right here." (Points at bed on roof)
Reporter: "This one?"
Dyer: "Right here."
7. Tornado debris ++MUTE++
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Billy Dyer, resident with home damaged by tornado:
"It was like a freight train. Whirlwind, explosive sound. And it was through fast. I mean it seemed a long time. But after it went through, it went through pretty fast."
9. Volunteers cutting up tree on Mike Stephens' home
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Stephens, resident who had a tree fall on his house:
Stephens: "Yeah, I guess what probably woke us up was the tree hitting the roof of the house."
Reporter: "Anybody hurt inside?"
Stephens: "No, no."
11. Volunteers cutting up tree on Mike Stephens' home
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Wayne Stephens, Clean up volunteer:
"Yeah, they're not really letting people in there right now so I'm just going to wait until tomorrow and try and volunteer tomorrow morning."
13. Tree on house
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Justin Douglas, Clean up volunteer:
"Back home, there were some some family friends that they found them laying in the bed together with the house on top of them. Oh, yeah. And then a guy that I went to church with growing up, his daughter passed and I don't know how him his wife are but I heard they were in the hospital in rough shape with their little daughter passed. They lived here in Cookeville."
15. Lexi Locke climbs into skid steer, Douglas helps her start it
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Justin Douglas, Clean up volunteer:
"My dad had this to clean farms off with. And so I'd brought it up here helping a buddy, just put some driveways in a property that he bought and woke up and saw the news. And I said, well, we need to go help, because these are our neighbours, our friends, our family."
17. Douglas walks from skid steer to truck
Rescuers searched through shattered Tennessee neighbourhoods for bodies Tuesday, less than a day after tornadoes ripped across Nashville and other parts of the state as families slept.
At least 24 people were killed, some in their beds, authorities said.
The twisters that struck in the hours after midnight shredded more than 140 buildings and buried people in piles of rubble and wrecked basements.
But the storms moved so quickly that many people in their path could not flee to safer areas.
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