5 children, 13 adults killed in Putnam County tornado

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PUTNAM COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN/WATE) — Update: Putnam County officials said Wednesday night that one person remained missing: Leah Suzanne Weeks.

Earlier: The National Weather Service in Nashville updated its survey of the Putnam County tornado, classifying it as an EF-4 tornado.

Earlier: Putnam County officials said Wednesday night that the three people they had been searching for earlier had been identified, but there were three new names that have been added to the missing persons list: Leah Suzanne Weeks, “Bo” Roger Hensley, and Dixie Savannah Hensley.

Earlier: Putnam County officials said Wednesday afternoon the list of missing persons was down to three people: David Phillips, Diana Lynn Hamilton and Michael Roberts.

Earlier: The death toll in Middle Tennessee is now at 25, after a body was found in an industrial area of Lebanon (Wilson County).

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Five children and 13 adults were killed when a tornado tore through Putnam County early Tuesday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, the tornado in Cookeville was at least an EF-3 as they continue to survey the damage there Wednesday afternoon.

“The assessment is progressing slowly because getting to the damage has been incredibly difficult.”

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Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter identified all 18 people who died in the storms by noon Wednesday:

  • Jessica Clark – Female in 30s
  • Amanda Cole – 34-year-old female
  • Hattie Collins – 3 to 4-year-old female
  • Dawson Curtis – 6 to 7-year-old female
  • Terry Curtis – 54-year-old male
  • Joshua Kimberlin – Male in 30s
  • Sawyer Kimberlin – 2 to 3-year-old male
  • Erin Kimberlin – Female in 30s
  • Todd Koehler – Male in 50s
  • Sue Koehler – Female in 50s
  • Patricia Lane – 67-year-old female
  • Leisha Littenberry – 28-year-old female
  • Harlan Marsh – 4 to 5-year-old male
  • Bridgette (Ann Marie) McCormick – 12 to 13-year-old female
  • Keith Selby – Male
  • Cathy Selby – Female
  • Jamie Smith – 30 to 35-year-old female
  • Stephanie Fields – a female in her 30s

While the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency initially reported a death toll of 19 in the county, that number was reduced Tuesday night when the agency determined one of the deaths was not storm-related.

Emergency officials in Putnam County released a list Tuesday night of approximately 80 people who were “unaccounted for.” The following day, that list was reduced to about 17 people.

There were six other deaths reported as a result of the storms:

  • 3 in Wilson County
  • 2 in East Nashville
  • 1 in Benton County

Metro police said 36-year-old Michael Dolfini and 33-year-old Albree Sexton left the Attaboy lounge, where Dolfini worked and were struck by debris on McFerrin Avenue in East Nashville. The couple died from their injuries.

According to Mt. Juliet Police, 84-year-old James Eaton and 81-year-old Donna Eaton died at their home on Catalpa Drive. Officers said Brandy Barker, a 38-year-old woman from Lebanon, was killed as she worked security at the CEVA warehouse on Athletes Way North.

The Benton County Sheriff reported a 67-year-old man was inside a mobile home, when it was picked up and thrown into a field. He died from his injuries, the sheriff said.

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