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Tennessee is reeling from the aftermath of severe tornadoes that struck on Saturday, resulting in at least six fatalities and dozens injured, as per official reports. The tornadoes caused significant destruction in and around the state’s capital, Nashville, prompting local authorities to urge residents to find safe shelter.
Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts, leading a city heavily impacted by the tornadoes, declared a state of emergency and enforced a curfew starting from 9 pm Saturday. Pitts, in a statement, expressed deep sorrow for the families of the victims: “This is devastating news and our hearts are broken for the families of those who lost loved ones. The city stands ready to help them in their time of grief.” He also advised residents to remain indoors to facilitate the work of emergency services: “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.”
In a Nashville suburb, three additional deaths were reported. The city’s Office of Emergency Management shared images showing the extent of the destruction, with debris-littered streets, fallen trees, and damaged homes and vehicles. The state is still engaged in search and rescue operations, and officials have requested residents to avoid traveling on the roads for safety.
Governor Bill Lee, expressing his condolences, urged citizens to heed the advice of local and state authorities. This disaster nearly coincides with the anniversary of another series of tornadoes two years ago, highlighting the increasing intensity and frequency of such extreme weather events.