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Tragedy strikes Tennessee: Deadly tornadoes devastate Nashville, leaving six dead

United States: Powerful tornadoes tore through the US state of Tennessee, killing at least six people and dozens were injured, as the recovery and rescue workers surveyed the devastation caused.

Tornadoes struck Nashville, Tennessee’s capital, on Saturday afternoon, inflicting “extensive damage” and prompting officials to advise inhabitants to seek shelter.

Damage caused due to Tornadoes | Credits: AP

Two Adults and one child were killed in the tornado, which had an intensity of 65 km (40 miles) north of the capital city of Nashville. The state of emergency was declared and a curfew from 9 pm Saturday (03:00 GMT Sunday) was imposed, according to the Mayor of Clarksville.

“Additionally, 23 people have been treated at the hospital,” county officials stated.

Mayor expresses grief

“This is devastating news, and our hearts are broken for the families of those who lost loved ones,” said Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts in a statement. “The city stands ready to help them in their time of grief,” according to the reports by Al Jazeera. 

Residents were instructed to remain at home while rescue workers inspected the situation. “Please, if you need help, call 911 and help will be on the way immediately. But if you can, please stay home. Do not get out on the roads. Our first responders need time and space,” Pitts said.

Three more individuals were killed in the Nashville area, and photographs shared by the city’s Office of Emergency Management showed debris-strewn streets, collapsed trees, overturned vehicles, and destroyed homes.

He went on to say that first responders were “still in the search and rescue phase of this disaster” and that locals should keep off traveling on roads.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and his wife, Maria, stated they were praying for all Tennesseans affected by the storms.

“We mourn the lives lost and ask that everyone continue to follow guidance from local and state officials,” Lee said in a statement.

Terrifying Close Calls

Residents described terrifying close calls as tornadoes flew overhead while they sought refuge in basements, stores, schools, and hotels. 

According to poweroutage.us, several houses and businesses were destroyed, and approximately 52,000 consumers reported power outages in the state Saturday evening, down from an earlier total of 86,000.

The storm arrived nearly two years to the day after the National Weather Service reported 41 tornadoes in a few states, including 16 in Tennessee and eight (8) in Kentucky. In Kentucky alone, 81 individuals were killed.

Climate warming, according to scientists, has increased the intensity and frequency of extreme weather occurrences across the planet.

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