A man from Clarksville, Tennessee, named Reed Arnold, was outdoors filming the rapidly moving clouds and approaching storm on Saturday when he heard a tornado warning. More than sixty people were wounded, and six individuals were killed as the tornado ripped through his neighborhood. Severe weather raced over the South on Saturday, causing storms and tornadoes. Among the areas hit hardest were sections of Clarksville along the Kentucky border and cities surrounding Nashville. Three people were killed in these areas.
The landscape was a mess on Sunday, with pink insulation clinging to tree branches, crumpled children’s toys, and flags ripped to ribbons; towns and cities in Tennessee, including Clarksville and Nashville, were busy clearing up debris. Two adults and a child were killed in a tornado in Montgomery County, which contains Clarksville, according to officials. Among the 62 wounded, nine were sent to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and are in serious condition, according to Jimmie Edwards, head of Montgomery County Emergency Services.
In a press conference on Sunday, Mayor Joe Pitts of Clarksville, Tennessee, warned that it would take a couple of weeks for electricity to be entirely restored, and more than 52,000 consumers in Tennessee remained without power. People in the area stated they had little time to seek shelter since the tornado hit about noon and caught them off guard. After seeing the rubble in Clarksville, where his house once stood, Eric Dzidotor learned that his mother-in-law is currently recovering from storm-related injuries and that his 26-year-old brother-in-law did not make it.
Storm damage was also recorded in Alabama and Kentucky, where strong winds blew down trees and hail the size of ping pong balls fell from the sky.
Three individuals were reported dead in Davidson County, which encompasses Nashville, due to the extreme weather, according to authorities. The rapid deployment of state and federal resources to the region was made possible by Mayor Freddie O’Connell’s declaration of a state of emergency for both the city and Davidson County.