Residents and volunteers cleared away wreckage of homes and businesses Saturday in the wake of tornadoes that killed five people in Tennessee and Kentucky.
"All I can remember is rolling over and over and people screaming," Jerry Inman said as he picked through the rubble of his used-car business. "I don't know how any of us lived through it."Ten people had sought shelter from the storm in a mobile home that served as Inman's office. The tornado left only the trailer's twisted metal chassis.
Inman and his wife, Peggy, ended up 150 yards from the trailer's original location. A prospective customer was killed when the twister dropped a car on him.
Inman and his wife suffered cuts and his son-in-law, Michael Sawyer, suffered head injuries. They were treated at a hospital, but the others in the trailer had less serious injuries.
The tornado hospitalized 17 Selmer residents and dozens were treated for cuts and bruises.
Inman said there was little warning that a serious storm was approaching, but people began seeking shelter in his office when it started to rain. When the rain turned violent and the wind began to roar, Inman said he yelled for everyone to hit the floor.
Thirteen businesses in the small town were damaged and five houses were destroyed, according to preliminary state figures.
Three other Tennessee residents also were killed, and an 11-year-old boy was killed in Kentucky when his grandparents' mobile home was slammed against a tree.
In Minnesota, freezing rain, snow and strong winds Saturday toppled an 850-foot ice-covered television tower, hundreds of trees and power lines in the Duluth area.
No injuries were reported, but Minnesota Power reported outages affecting thousands of homes. The outages disrupted 911 emergency telephone service in Duluth for several hours and left the weather service office temporarily without forecast information.
Tornadoes also struck parts of Iowa, northeastern Mississippi and eastern Illinois.