Regional
12:31 pm
Mon November 11, 2002

Deadly Storms Rip Into Tennessee

Wartburg – There are now 16 people known dead in weekend storms that ripped Tennessee in two waves. Cumberland County authorities confirmed four deaths shortly before dawn -- two in Lake Tansi and two others about two miles away.

Seven of the weekend deaths came in Mossy Grove, which is about forty miles west of Knoxville. There are at least 55 people unaccounted for.

Authorities say telephone and power lines are down in the areas where severe storms struck and communications are difficult. Many of the people who are missing may be with neighbors or relatives.

Forecasters say unusually warm weather set up the conditions that spawned the storms when a cold front collided with warm, moist air.