Tennessee looks to recovery after string of deadly tornadoes

December 11, 2023 4:23 pm

[Source: Reuters]

Emergency crews worked on Sunday to check, clear and restore power to areas hard-hit by severe storms and tornadoes that claimed the lives of at least six people and left a trail of destruction in Tennessee this weekend.

In the city of Clarksville in Montgomery County, one of the hardest-hit areas, the Red Cross set up a shelter at a local high school to offer assistance to people who may have been temporarily displaced by the tornadoes.

Shelters were also opened in Nashville and its suburbs.

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More than 40,000 people in Tennessee were left without power as of Sunday morning, according to outage tracking website

A car partly buried under a giant pile of rubble that used to be someone’s home collapsed roofs and blown-out windows: These were some of the dramatic images of the devastation caused by the Tennessee tornadoes.

The six fatalities were reported by officials in Montgomery County and in Nashville. A toddler was one of the three victims of the storms in the Nashville area, police said, and 13 people in stable condition were transported to nearby hospitals.

The U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) in Nashville ended the severe weather threat for all of middle Tennessee late on Saturday. The agency on Sunday said it was dispatching survey teams over the coming days to the hardest-hit communities to assess the path and strength of the tornadoes.