Kyle Carter of Dexter, MO, goes to Freed-Hardeman University in Madison Co., TN, just outside the city of Jackson. He works for the Jackson Diamond-Jaxx, a Chicago Cubs Double-A baseball team. But after last night's storm, he says he doesn't even recoginze the city.
"Some places just aren't there anymore...the buildings just aren't there," says Carter. When we met with him, he was sitting safely on his porch in Dexter, MO, but just last night he was out driving back from Jackson, Tennessee, and dodging storms as he went.
"I just missed both tornadoes," Carter admits.
Lucky for him, bad for Jackson. The historic downtown district of Jackson is decimated. Buildings are demolished, power is out, and phones service down. 11 people died, 65 are injured, and about 70 homes were destroyed just East of downtown.
This is the second time in four years that Jackson has been hit hard by tornadoes.
Carter works as a team photographer for the Diamond-Jaxx and says recent improvements to the baseball stadium were wiped-out. "That's where the picnic gazebo was," he says, pointing to a picture he took of the field, displayed on his laptop computer.