OAN’s Elizabeth Volberding
9:50 AM – Sunday, December 10, 2023
At least six people have been killed and almost two dozen more have been wounded after severe storms and a tornado struck central Tennessee.
On Saturday, almost six people, including a child, are dead after several drastic tornadoes swept through Tennessee and at least one reported in Kentucky.
The tornado forced Tenneseeans to seek shelter while leaving a path of harm and devastation in their wake.
Three more deaths were reported by the Nashville Emergency Operation Center on Saturday night, in addition to the two adults and one child who were reported dead in the Clarksville, Tennessee, area.
“This is devastating news and our hearts are broken for the families of those who lost loved ones,” said Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts. “The City stands ready to help them in their time of grief.”
“We mourn the lives lost & ask that everyone continue to follow guidance from local & state officials,” Tennessee Governor Bill Lee (R-Tenn.) said in a statement on X, formerly Twitter.
More than 20 others were treated at the hospital, according to Montgomery County officials, and as of Saturday night, they were “in the search and rescue phase of this disaster.”
“At this time we can confirm that three people are deceased, two adults and one child as a result of the tornado that touched down this afternoon. Additionally, 23 people have been treated at the hospital,” authorities from Montgomery County said Saturday.
The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department identified the three who were killed by the Tornado in Montgomery County as Joseph Dalton, 37, Floridema Gabriel Perez, 31, and her son, Anthony Elmer Mendez, 2, according to the press.
Dalton was inside his own mobile home when it was thrown on top of Perez’s house. Authorities said that two more kids, one from each house, were receiving non-life-threatening medical attention at the hospital.
At the moment, there was no additional information available regarding the other three deaths.
Additionally, the National Weather Service declared a tornado watch for multiple areas throughout four states, including Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee, shortly before noon on Saturday.
The Clarksville Fire Department shared pictures on Facebook depicting the severe damage and said first responders are working to get people trapped underneath fallen homes.
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