Tornado Survivor: 'Sounded like 7 freight trains'

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Forecasters say a tornado blamed for at least two deaths in Tennessee yesterday had winds whipping at 165 miles an hour.

A man whose neighbor's wife and infant daughter were killed by the EF3 twister says it "sounded like seven freight trains and 22 vacuum cleaners all going at the same time." Eric Funkhouser says he found his neighbor, John Bryant, bloodied and screaming in his front yard.

Twenty minutes later, Funkhouser and others found the bodies of Bryant's wife and daughter. Officials say Bryant is in critical condition with a broken back. More than 40 people were hurt, including seven who are in critical condition.

Reports of destruction are widespread across the region after Friday's storms, with funnel clouds spotted in Kentucky and Alabama. Emergency officials in South Carolina say a driver trying to avoid storm debris was killed Friday.

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen toured the destruction and said his "thoughts and prayers are with" the victims.

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