CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- The storms and tornadoes that pummeled the Chattanooga area on Friday—injuring at least 33 people and damaging hundreds of homes—was the second-largest outbreak in the last 25 years, according to local experts. There were no reported fatalities.

Across the country, at least 38 people were killed in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio in wave after wave of massive thunderstorms and possible tornadoes, according to The Associated Press. Most of the deaths occurred in Indiana and Kentucky.

The weather service issued 297 tornado warnings across the country Friday and early Saturday, compared to 189 warnings issued in all of February.

While they did not compare to the nightmare storms of last April 27, the number of storms and the severity were unusual for this early in the year, meteorologists said.

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