The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency says severe storms overnight July 8 are to blame for three deaths in the eastern part of the state.
The agency says a 60-year-old man and 40-year-old woman were killed in Carter County when a tree fell on them while camping.
In Knox County, a second woman was killed by a falling tree during a storm. Agency spokesman Dean Flener says the woman was outside but no other information about the circumstances of her death were available. Officials did not immediately know the woman’s age.
Heavy rains early last week caused flash flooding that destroyed at least 20 homes and several businesses in Stewart County. Another seven homes, two churches, a ballpark and a restaurant all had major damage. In Sumner County, 30 homes had been damaged and four bridges had major damage.
The storms prompted a state of emergency declaration early Thursday morning. That declaration remained in effect Saturday.
National Weather Service Meteorologist-in-Charge at the Nashville office Larry Vannozzi said there were reports of northwest Tennessee counties receiving as much as 6 inches of rain overnight July 6 and counties surrounding Nashville saw as much as 4 inches.
In Kentucky, the storms downed power lines and damaged buildings in the Paducah area. A small tornado hit nearby Metropolis, Illinois, but no life-threatening injuries were reported.
Associated Press Reporter Travis Loller contributed to this report.
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