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2002 West Tennessee Tornadoes

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Wave of Baptist volunteers aids 3 hard-hit Ala. towns

HOOVER, Ala. (BP)--Alabama Baptist disaster relief volunteers responded in large numbers to the Nov. 10 tornadoes that devastated parts of Walker, Cullman and Cherokee counties. Teams from numerous Alabama Baptist associations joined a national disaster relief effort after storms ripped through the South and Great Lakes region Nov. 10-11.

Seminary student, Mossy Grove native: ‘We have a lot to be thankful for’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--For Southern Baptist Theological Seminary student Mike Hamby, the morning of Nov. 11 didn't simply crawl along. It nearly stood still.

Union Univ. community spirit shines in midst of crisis

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Ruben Kruayeveld, a sophomore at Union University, hauls away debris from a tornado that damaged buildings and uprooted trees at Union University. Photo by Helen Comer
      JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--"Things are replaceable -- people aren't."       The phrase seemed to echo throughout Union University's campus in the first daylight hours of Monday morning, Nov. 11, as faculty, staff, students and volunteers from the community met to begin an all-day cleanup effort after the campus was hit by raging heavy winds from an F1 tornado.       The tornado had formed directly above the student residential buildings shortly before midnight the previous Saturday night. Though damage to the Jackson, Tenn., university appeared extensive, spirits were high from the significance that no one had been hurt.

Pre- & post-tornado, Union staff rallied to action to help students

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--Early Sunday morning, Nov. 10, time stood still at Union University. That's when, according to student eyewitness accounts and the National Weather Service, an F1 tornado formed above the campus, creating 110-mile-an-hour winds which blew dumpsters and picnic tables through the air, knocked down trees and power lines and broke and shattered glass windows in cars and buildings. The time on the clock of the university's Miller Tower read 12:05. It would stay that way for the next 18 hours.

Daylight brings reality of storm’s impact at Union

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--As the sun came up over the campus Sunday, Nov. 10, a warm breeze blew through the white tarp stretched over the side of Hurt Commons where a wall of glass windows had blown in from the tornado's high winds. The morning brought a sharp contrast to the darkness and storminess of the night before.

Sirens, then tornadoes disrupt typical Sunday in Carbon Hill

CARBON HILL, Ala. (BP)--It had been a typical Sunday evening service at Carbon Hill's First Baptist Church until the conclusion of pastor David Lowery's sermon.

Young family counts blessings after tornado roars through

WARTBURG, Tenn. (BP)--Another night of rehearsal for the church's annual Christmas play had just concluded when word of impending danger came -- a tornado was bearing down on Morgan County. Like the rest of those gathering for Calvary Baptist Church's worship service, Donnie and Allison Smith decided to head for safer confines.

Death toll rises in wake of severe storms

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Homes were blown away and vehicles were tossed around like matchsticks in a tornado that struck Mossy Grove, Tenn. The rural community's death toll included a grandfather and his four-month-old grandson. Photo by Morris Abernathy

   WARTBURG, Tenn. (BP)--Stunned residents across the South and Great Lakes region are struggling to pick up the pieces of their lives in the wake of a storm system that spawned dozens of killer tornadoes. Officials say at least 36 people were killed and hundreds injured in the severe storms.    Homes, schools, churches and businesses were flattened from Alabama to Ohio after more than 70 tornadoes touched down.    Most of those killed were in Tennessee, where 17 people died; 12 died in Alabama, five in Ohio, one in Pennsylvania and one in Mississippi.

Baptist relief crews in 5 states respond to deadly swath of tornadoes

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--Southern Baptist Disaster Relief units in five states -- Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Ohio and Mississippi -- responded locally to severe storms and dozens of tornadoes that ripped through the eastern United States Nov. 10-11.

Baptist neighbors discover disaster relief starts at home

WARTBURG, Tenn. (BP)--When Paulette Acres completed her disaster relief training through the Tennessee Baptist Convention in September, she had no idea her first deployment would be in her hometown.