Officials say 3 dead in Tennessee from overnight storms

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency says severe storms overnight are to blame for three deaths in the eastern part of the state.

The agency says a 60-year-old man and 40-year-old woman were killed in Carter County when a tree fell on them while camping.

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In Knox County, a second woman was killed by a falling tree during a storm. Agency spokesman Dean Flener says the woman was outside but no other information about the circumstances of her death were available. Officials did not immediately know the woman’s age.

Heavy rains earlier in the week caused flash flooding that destroyed homes and businesses in the central part of the state. The storms prompted a state of emergency declaration early Thursday morning. That declaration remained in effect Saturday.

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