RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) – Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker toured storm damaged Rutherford County on Monday, three days after a powerful tornado tour through the town of Murfreesboro.
The National Weather Service has confirmed that the twister was an EF-4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The storm packed winds between 166 and 200 miles per hour and managed to stay on the ground for 23 miles.
Rutherford County officials said it killed two people and injured 42 others. Dozens of homes were completely destroyed and more than 500 structures were damaged by the storm.
"This is actually the third tornado in a very short amount of time,” said Sen. Corker while touring the wreckage. “We had a similar kind of situation in Macon County, and Madison County. TEMA has been through this a number of times.
What the pair of lawmakers were most excited about was how the community has pulled together to get back on its feet.
“We live in a time when lots of things don't work, and right after a tornado things do work right,” said Sen. Alexander. “I'm impressed with the typically All America-type of response that we've seen here and in Jackson, Gallatin, Macon County and just too often in Tennessee.”
“We see citizens at their best during this time,” said Sen. Corker. “We see neighbors across the street who have less damage. They are walking over, helping each other and vice versa.
In the storm ravaged areas. The damage is estimated at nearly $35 million in the storm ravaged areas.
Governor Bredesen has said he will likely call on state and federal assistance for help in the clean up. Both senators also promised to everything they could to get help for people living.
Rutherford County has started a helpline that allows the public to call for assistance or learn how to volunteer services. The phone number is (615) 890-1934.