FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. - Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that he is impressed by the resiliency of Lincoln County residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by a tornado earlier this week.
Haslam surveyed the damage to homes and a school by helicopter and on foot, telling reporters afterward that he was struck by the "horrible destructive nature of this and the randomness" of the tornado.
"You'd see one house destroyed and another house 50 yards away, where not a shingle had been overturned," he said.
Two people were killed in the storm that hit the largely rural area near the Alabama line Monday evening. Officials say at least 35 homes were destroyed.
Haslam said he visited the area to "express our sympathy to the families who lost two loved ones and all the other people who have seen their lives turned over end due to the destruction of the storm."
Haslam said the state is estimating the damage to homes and businesses to apply for federal disaster relief.