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UPDATED: Survey teams check damage where 3 killed in TN

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(AP) - The National Weather Service says survey teams are expected to evaluate damage from powerful storms that swept across the state, killing three people and damaging dozens of homes.

Two were in Cumberland County and the third in DeKalb County, emergency officials and a spokeswoman for the National Weather Service said.

There were no immediate details about the fatalities.

Weather service spokeswoman Brittney Whitehead says the teams also will determine if tornadoes touched down in what appears to be the state's most deadly weather outbreak since 37 people died in tornadoes last April.

State officials say at least seven homes were destroyed and 50 damaged in Cumberland County.

Doug Scarlett, an American Red Cross official, says the organization is anticipating some storm victims being left homeless.

He says it's unclear how vast the devastation is because the storms struck just before dark on Wednesday.

High winds moved across the state Wednesday, flattening trees, collapsing homes and tearing roofs off buildings. Some power lines were downed.

The NWS will send out survey teams Thursday to evaluate the damage and determine if tornadoes occurred.

The cells moved at up to 75 mph, accompanied by thunder and lightning and pingpong-ball-sized hail.

Much of the state was under a tornado watch Wednesday, and a few more serious tornado warnings also were posted.

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