At least six people have been killed and several injured after tornadoes ripped through Tennessee.
Nashville Emergency Operations Center confirmed by X, formerly known as Twitter, that at least three people have died on Nesbitt Lane as a result of the bad weather. It is also shared photos of the area, which is described as “severe damage”. The tornado appears to have flattened homes and buildings, with tons of debris strewn across the ground, and more than 150,000 homes are without power in the center of the state, The Tennessean reports.
Montgomery County’s official Facebook page also confirmed that three people — two adults and a child — died as a result of the tornado that touched down this afternoon. The county also noted that 23 people were treated for injuries at the hospital and that operations had moved into the “search and rescue phase.”
“This is a sad day for our community,” Montgomery County Mayor Wes Golden said in a statement on the county’s website. “We pray for those who have been injured, lost loved ones and lost their homes. This community brings it together like no other and we will be here until the end.”
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The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the tornado touched down in the Hand Estates area near Garrettsburg Rd. around 2:00 p.m. Police and emergency personnel responded to the scene and found several damaged homes, though they also noted that they “have no confirmed casualties or missing persons, but are continuing to assess the area.”
The north side of the city of Clarksville also suffered “extensive damage,” according to the Clarksville Police Department. The police department reported that the tornado touched down around 1:35 p.m. and not only damaged buildings, but forced the closure of Ft. Campbell Blvd.
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Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts said in a statement: “This is devastating news and our hearts are broken for the families of those who have lost loved ones. The city is ready to help them in their moments of grief.”
The Dresden City Fire Department also reported “multiple trees, power lines and homes impacted” by the storm and noted that “personnel from multiple agencies are working to reach residents affected by the storm.”
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The National Weather Service in Nashville warned of several severe thunderstorms and extended tornado warnings for northern Tennessee during the afternoon, keeping the emergency operations center in Nashville partially activated.
The NWS in Nashville also predicted several severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings overnight for cities located in central Tennessee.