At Least Six Dead In Tennessee Tornadoes
10 hours ago
At a Glance
- Fatalities happened in Nashville and in Clarksville, about 40 miles to the northwest.
- Damage was reported in several areas across Tennessee.
- The storms also did damage in Kentucky.
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At least six people are dead after tornadoes and severe weather carved a path of destruction across Tennessee Saturday.
Three of the deaths happened in Nashville, according to the city’s Office of Emergency Management. Further details weren’t immediately available.
A photo from the scene showed what appeared to be a massive pile of mangled debris.
Officials in Montgomery County, where the town of Clarksville is located, confirmed three deaths there in an update posted shortly after 8 p.m. EST. The victims were two adults and one child.
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“This is a sad day for our community,” Montgomery County Mayor Wes Golden said. “We are praying for those who are injured, lost loved ones, and lost their homes. This community pulls together like no other and we will be here until the end.”
At least 23 people were treated at a hospital for injuries.
There were more than a dozen reports of tornadoes in Tennessee and Kentucky Saturday into Saturday night.
The sheriff’s office in Dickson County, Tennessee, about 30 miles west of Nashville, said there was damage in several areas in the northern part of the county.
“We have trees down, lines down, and roads blocked,” the agency said in a social media post at about 5:45 p.m. EST. “Please stay home and off the roads while emergency personnel are out working.”
A dispatcher there told weather.com in a phone call around 6:20 p.m. EST that there is “a lot” of damage and the call center was extremely busy.
A later update said there were a few minor injuries but no fatalities reported.
Police in Clarksville said they were responding to numerous locations due to extensive damage from a tornado that touched down around 1:30 p.m. EST.
Residents were being asked to stay home and off the roads. Plans were underway to open an elementary school as a shelter, but those had to be scuttled due to a power outage. About 21,000 homes and businesses were without electricity as of 5:30 p.m. EST, according to PowerOutage.us.
Clarksville is the largest city near the U.S. Army’s Fort Campbell, home of the 101st Airborne Division. There were no reports of damage to military facilities. The town of about 175,000 people sits in Montgomery County, about 40 miles northwest of Nashville.
“First Responders and Emergency Services have staged in the area and are assessing the damage and the safety of the residents,” the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post. “Due to potential dangers from the weather, downed power lines, and debris, we (ask) that the community shelter in place and stay off the roadway.”
Downed trees and power lines, as well as some damage to homes, were also reported across the state line in Todd County, Kentucky.
Earlier, a tornado hit Weakley County, Tennessee, about 110 miles northwest of Nashville.
“We have several injuries at this time,” Ray Wiggington, emergency management director for Weakley County, told weather.com in a phone call around 2:15 p.m. EST.
Weakley County includes the towns of Sharon and Dresden.
An update posted later on social media said two homes had major damage, two people were transported to a local hospital and the local National Guard armory as well as a factory that builds manufactured homes were hit.
Radar showed a debris signature shortly before 11 a.m. EST near Sharon. The National Weather Service warned of a “large and extremely dangerous tornado.”
The same tornado also caused damage about 25 miles to the southwest in Gibson County, which includes the towns of Rutherford and Trenton.
“We’ve got quite a bit of damage in the north part of the county,” a 911 dispatcher there told weather.com in a phone call around 1:30 p.m. EST.
The dispatcher said there were no immediate reports of injuries.
Photos shared to social media showed downed trees and power lines and at least one building, possibly a fire station, damaged.
A local utility provider said the storms caused about 4,500 power outages in north Gibson County as well as neighboring Obion and Dyer counties.
The weather is part of a cross-country system expected to bring severe thunderstorms, high wind and tornadoes to the South through the weekend. Read the full forecast here.
The first storms popped up in Oklahoma and Arkansas Friday night, but only produced limited wind damage.