Severe Storm Kills Three in Tennessee, Nine in Missouri and Illinois

Preliminary figures show 12 fatalities and more than 200 injured across Tennessee, Missouri and Illinois as the result of a deadly tornadoes, Wednesday. “I’m praying. I’m really hoping and praying to God that everything would be cool, but I was really thinking for a second that we were going to die. It was scary. I’ve never been so close to death in my life. It was scary,” said a Missouri man. Emergency Management officials said the line of severe storms hit Tennessee, ripping roofs from homes and knocking down trees. Authorities reported one fatality in DeKalb County and two lives lost in Cumberland County. The same storm moved through Illinois early Tuesday morning claiming six lives. It also tore through Missouri, leaving three dead. The preliminary results of a survey by a National Weather Service team found the tornado touched down at about 1:13 a.m., Wednesday and lifted at 1:32 a.m. Its winds were reported at 120 to 130 miles per hour and its path at 400 yards wide. “I was scared. I really thought my dad and I were going to die or get thrown from our trailer and die,” said the Missouri man.