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Survivors Sought After Storms Kill Dozens in U.S.

Monday, 11 November 2002 12:00 AM

Sixteen storm deaths were reported in Tennessee, 12 in Alabama, five in Ohio and one each in Mississippi and Pennsylvania. Two of the deaths were caused by heart attacks triggered by the weather. More than 200 people were injured.

The National Weather Service said radar showed the possibility of 46 tornadoes as a cold front swept across South and Midwest and the Eastern Seaboard from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning, but that will have to be confirmed by aerial surveys. Fox News indicated reports of more than 70 tornadoes.

Tornado warnings and watches were posted in several locations from Florida up the coast through Delaware at various times Monday, but no tornadoes were reported.

Officials in the five states that suffered fatalities and others including Georgia reported damage could be in the millions of dollars, but no estimates were issued.

More than 100 people were unaccounted for in Tennessee. Carl Whaley of the Emergency Management Agency said nearly all of them were expected to be found as telephone service, other communications apparatus and power are restored.

The worst hit area in Tennessee was Mossy Grove, north of Knoxville, with at least seven dead including a fire-and-rescue worker who died of a heart attack responding to the scene.

"The tornado that hit this community was an F-5," the most powerful storm category. "We've only had one other in Tennessee, and that was in the 1950s," Gov. Don Sundquist said. "We've been hit hard."

The hardest-hit community in Alabama was Carbon Hill, where as many as nine died in the town and surrounding Walker County.

Jimmy Jones, area manager of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, said a report that 12 people had died had not been confirmed by county coroners and other officials.

"We have, we know, over 50 injuries in the various counties we've had reports from," he said. "At one point we had 61 counties under tornado watch with numerous severe thunderstorms throughout the state."

Ten died in and around Carbon Hill. Another death in Alabama was from a heart attack.

In Ohio, Dick Kimmins of the Emergency Management Agency said 12 counties sustained damage. Two counties in the northwest corner of the state, Van Wert and Ottawa, suffered the most.

"There were five deaths, and injuries will be in the dozens," Kimmins said.

Maria Smith of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency said there was one fatality at Clark Borough in Mercer County near the Ohio border, and 18 were injured.

In Mississippi, Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency Director Larry Miller reported one fatality.

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