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Stufano, Napolitano tour weather damage.
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United States Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and SE Region DHS Chief of Staff Thomas Stufano toured damaged areas caused recently by the devasting severe weather throughout the southeast.Tennessee is currently experiencing severe flooding in the western part of the state and is recovering from severe winds and tornado damage associated with that severe weather system two weeks ago. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), preliminary estimates are at 305 tornadoes; with most of them occurring between 8 a.m. on April 27 and 8 a.m. on April 28.There have been about 318 fatalities reported, but that number has been moving up and down over the last week.It will take weeks before the final damage estimates are finished and the total death toll is accurateThis tornado outbreak will go down in history as one of the worst in our nation.Early numbers are showing two confirmed EF5 tornadoes, 12 EF4 and 21 EF3 tornadoes, but those numbers will change as damage surveys are completed over the next few weeks.