6 dead as tornadoes tear across Tennessee

6 dead as tornadoes tear across Tennessee
Widespread damage was reported after an apparent tornado touched down in Tennessee. (Clarksville Fire Rescue via Facebook)

Officials reported that early on Saturday evening, tornadoes hit Nashville and the Tennessee town of Clarksville, resulting in six fatalities and numerous injuries.

Two adults and one child are among the deceased in Clarksville, according to a statement from Michelle Newell, the county spokesperson for Montgomery, which includes the town.

According to her, 23 more Clarksville residents were admitted to hospitals.

Three more individuals perished in a neighborhood near Nesbitt Lane in the northern part of the city, according to the Nashville Office of Emergency Management. Along with downed power lines, it reported “severe damage” in the area and advised residents to stay away.

After being transported to hospitals, the 13 injured parties from the church collapse, which occurred about 9 miles north of downtown Nashville, were stabilized, according to the office.

Around 4 p.m., according to the office, a National Weather Service radar indicated the possibility of a “large and extremely dangerous tornado” circling around 30 miles west of Nashville and traveling eastward at 40 mph.

It stated, “This was considered a particularly dangerous situation,”

In a statement, Nashville Mayor Freddie O’Connell issued a state of emergency late on Saturday and asked residents to avoid neighborhoods that had sustained considerable damage, particularly Madison, the city’s “hardest-hit” district.

Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts made the previous pronouncement, adding a 9 p.m. curfew for Saturday and Sunday “for the health, safety, and welfare of the community,” according to a separate statement he released.

According to the statement, Montgomery County Mayor Wes Golden said, This is a sad day for our community. Those who have been hurt, lost loved ones, or have lost their homes are in our prayers. We are a community that comes together unlike any other, and we intend to stay until the very end.

Authorities warned that while they looked for survivors through the night, the figures would change.

On Saturday, many tornadoes were reported around Tennessee.

Following what seemed to be a tornado, authorities in Weakley County, in the northeastern part of the state, reported damaged homes and trapped citizens.

According to Gibson County Sheriff Paul Thomas, a tornado struck residences in the northeastern Memphis area, causing “significant damage” along with toppled trees and electrical lines.

Residents of Rutherford, according to Ethan Goad, “everyone around me was freaking out” after the local fire station was destroyed.

Damage to other buildings in the community as well as to the Rutherford station was confirmed by Cindy Walls of the Gibson County Fire Department.

“We have damage to homes, barns and other structures as well,” she remarked.

According to Thomas, the tornado that was recorded did “significant damage” to buildings.

We are praying for all Tennesseans who have been impacted by the tornadoes that swept through the state this evening, Governor Bill Lee posted on social networking platform X with his wife, Maria.

According to poweroutage.us, over 50,000 utility customers in the state experienced blackouts during the course of the night, with Middle Tennessee experiencing the majority of them.

At least one tornado was confirmed in Clarksville by the National Weather Service. Pictures from the city depict buildings reduced to twisted log piles and trees on the soggy ground.

A weather service forecaster in Nashville stated that while the weather service had not formally validated any other reported tornadoes, they were still being assessed as probable.

Typically, the weather service sends out observers the following day to measure the path of a tornado and record any damage.

According to forecasters, the tornadoes were caused by cold air from the north clashing with warm, humid air from the Gulf Coast as it moved along an eastward-moving front.

Credits: NBC News

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