Tennessee tornadoes claim six lives and trigger widespread power outages

Tennessee tornadoes claim six lives and trigger widespread power outages
Death toll rises to 6 after tornado hits parts of Tennessee (NashvilleEOC/X)

NASHVILLE, TENESSEE: In a tragic development, at least six individuals lost their lives in Tennessee due to tornadoes and powerful thunderstorms that swept across the state on Saturday, December 9.

As reported by CNN, emergency management officials confirmed three fatalities in Madison, Tennessee, located just north of Nashville.

Tornado leaves six dead in Tennessee

The Nashville Office of Emergency Management conveyed on 'X' that teams were actively assessing the damage and searching for patients. Unfortunately, three fatalities were confirmed due to severe weather on Nesbitt Lane, as per CNN.

In Montgomery County, officials confirmed three deaths, including a child, following a tornado that struck the Clarksville area.


The Montgomery County government reportedly stated that three people, two adults, and one child, had lost their lives, and an additional 23 individuals had been treated at the hospital. Authorities were still in a "search and rescue phase" to determine if there were more casualties.

Montgomery County Mayor Wes Golden expressed condolences, stating, "This is a sad day for our community. We are praying for those who are injured, lost loved ones, and lost their homes."

The city of Clarksville declared a state of emergency, enforcing a 9 p.m. curfew on Saturday and Sunday nights.


Sumner County, including Gallatin and Hendersonville, experienced significant damage from a tornado northeast of Nashville.

As per CNN, mayors of the affected communities urged citizens to stay off the roads to allow first responders and utility crews to address the aftermath. Sumner County Emergency Medical Services reported no known loss of life or life-threatening injuries at the time.

The tornadoes, part of a severe weather outbreak across a vast stretch of the eastern United States, covered over 1,200 miles from the Gulf Coast to the Canadian border on Saturday.

The National Weather Service confirmed two large and dangerous tornadoes touching down, one in Montgomery County and another near the Gibson County town of Rutherford.

Severe weather in northwest Tennessee prompted officials to advise drivers to stay off roadways. At least three people were injured in a rural area near Dresden, Tennessee, when severe weather struck on Saturday afternoon, according to CNN.

As reported by the Washington Post, the death toll has now reached six, and the tornado has inflicted widespread damage, leaving tens of thousands of residents without power.


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