Severe tornadoes that made landfall in several sections of Tennessee on Saturday resulted in six fatalities and at least 36 injuries, according to officials.
A tornado in Montgomery County, Tennessee, resulted in three fatalities and twenty-three injuries, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Two adults and one child perished, according to officials.
According to Nashville’s emergency agency, three more individuals have died as a result of the extreme weather. Following the collapse of a church structure, thirteen individuals were hurt, according to the office, and their current condition is described as stable.
After Saturday’s tornadoes in northern Tennessee, the National Weather Service in Nashville finished assessing the damage. The maximum wind speed of the tornado near Clarksville, Tennessee, was 150 mph, earning it an EF-3 rating.
With winds reaching 125 mph, the tornado in the northern Nashville suburbs of Madison, Hendersonville, and Gallatin has been downgraded to an EF-2 preliminary assessment.
Tornadoes are rated on the Enhanced Fujita scale, which runs from zero to five, according to projected wind speeds and associated damage.
“Our community is having a sad day today. We are offering prayers to individuals who have suffered injuries, lost loved ones, or lost their houses. Montgomery County Mayor Wes Golden made the following statement: “This community comes together like no other, and we will stick together till the very end.”
Mayor Joe Pitts of the City of Clarksville expressed his condolences for the tragedy. “We are devastated by this news and grieve deeply for the families of those who lost loved ones. The City is prepared to support them at this difficult time,” Pitts said in a statement.
While the region remains vulnerable to twisters well into the evening, several long-track tornadoes were confirmed in northwest Tennessee on Saturday afternoon.
A tornado struck Saturday afternoon in Clarksville, which is 48 miles northwest of Nashville. According to authorities, “extensive” damage was recorded in the city. Officers asked the public to avoid the roadways while they responded to several calls in the north of Clarksville.
After a tornado made landfall near Hand Estates in Clarksville on Saturday, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office announced in a statement that there was “damage to several homes” but that they “do not have any confirmed casualties or missing persons” at this time.
Pitts stated in a video message, “This is a day that nobody wanted or expected.” “We know there’s extensive damage throughout the community.”A tornado struck several houses, electricity lines, and trees in the remote village of Dresden, according to the fire department there.
A confirmed, devastating tornado also prompted the National Weather Service to issue a tornado emergency notice for numerous Nashville suburbs, including Hendersonville and Gallatin, on Saturday afternoon. From Louisiana to Kentucky, there is a chance of severe thunderstorms through Saturday night that might produce a few tornadoes, sporadic destructive winds, and huge hail.