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38 still missing after deadly tornadoes tear through Tennessee

At least 24 people were killed
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Posted at 8:24 AM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 08:24:25-05

After several deadly tornadoes tore through neighborhoods across Tennessee, killing at least two dozen people, officials say 38 remain unaccounted for in Putnam County.

The mayor of Cookeville, Tennessee, one of the hardest-hit cities, released the names of people who were still missing as of late Tuesday night.

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The tornadoes touched down early Tuesday morning in the hours after midnight, ripping through Nashville and other cities in Tennessee. The twisters took down power lines and wiped out dozens of homes, businesses and other buildings. Some of those killed were asleep in their beds, officials said.

"It hit so fast, a lot of folks didn't have time to take shelter," Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter told reporters Tuesday. "Many of these folks were sleeping."

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has declared a state of emergency as a result of the devastation.

The National Guard has been deployed to help with search-and-rescue efforts.