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Tornado Strikes Union University

Students trapped in dorms at Tennessee school

According to a Baptist Press e-mail bulletin just sent out to news organizations, Union University in Jackson, Tenn., "sustained heavy tornado damage Tuesday evening at approximately 7 pm when a line of heavy thunderstorms rushed through the area."

At 8:15 central, news and information director, Tim Ellsworth, reported that students were still trapped by debris in their dorms. At least four of those students have been rescued. Dorms in both the men's and women's areas have been destroyed.

"We currently have no serious injuries that we know of and rescue operations are still continuing," Ellsworth said. "Many buildings sustained heavy damage."

Electrical power is out at Union and their website is down. The school is "trying to provide parents with information," but with the power outage, that is a major challenge.

The Jackson Sun details further damage to the campus and to the surrounding area. Nashville's WKRN appears to have posted a video report, but the site is too busy right now for the video to load.

If you have friends or family at Union, you'll want to keep checking the Baptist Press and Jackson Sun websites for updates.

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