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Utah connections to deadly Tennessee tornadoes

Posted at 6:17 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 20:17:45-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Two people connected to Utah are in Tennessee dealing with the aftermath of two tornadoes that killed at least 25 people.

Overnight, tornadoes ripped across the middle of Tennessee covered by the darkness of night.

“There is a lot of damage,” Brae Dilley said.

The timing couldn’t have been worse for the Salt Lake City native.

“From the beginning, it was pretty clear by how much rain was coming down. It wasn’t exactly compared to a normal Utah storm,” Dilley said.

Tuesday morning, he was supposed to finish moving from Utah to Nashville.

“[The truck rental business] was just totally gone. The whole building is gone, most of their trucks were damaged,” Dilley said.

Dilley’s new home wasn’t directly effected, but one of the tornadoes came dangerously close to Sophia Church’s home.

“I was scared because I didn’t know where it was, where it hit. It hit right across the street from my apartment,” Church said.

Church spoke to FOX 13 News at the Salt Lake International Airport as she was rushing back to Nashville. She spent the last week in Utah visiting family but cut the trip short to go home and help with cleanup.

“It’s going to be a big change. It’s going to take a while to restore everything,” Church said.

A spokesperson for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says all missionaries serving in central Tennessee are safe and accounted for.