DEVELOPING STORY: There are reports of catastrophic damage across Middle Tennessee after a string of tornadoes and severe storms pounded the region. Tornado sirens could be heard in downtown Nashville. Videos, which you can see below, show violent tornadoes causing explosions and power outages. There’s no word just yet on injuries or fatalities.
Television station WSMV reports homes have been leveled from multiple strong and long track tornadoes as well as car being flipped over along stretches of I-65.
“We’ve also learned that there are numerous reports of residents trapped in their homes and multiple reports of injuries,” the television station reported.
Here’s how one eyewitness described the scene north of the city.
We are in Rivergate but we are safe and not injured. It was pitch black and there were power poles and lines all around us but we were able to drive extra slowly back to Gallatin Rd. At one point we were driving with no visibility when the suspected tornado was right in front of us off Myatt Drive.
We are in a shopping center parking lot until either some power comes back on and we can see or the last round of weather moves through.
Clarksville was also devastated – dozens of homes and business were destroyed by tornadoes near the Kentucky state line. Multiple people have been injured, according to Montgomery County Government spokesperson Michelle Newell. Officials are actively searching homes for people who may be trapped or injured.
This page will be updated once emergency crews begin posting details.
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BREAKING: Tornado EMERGENCY in Nashville right now. pic.twitter.com/xc0LluxjTE— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) December 9, 2023
Moments ago DOT cameras caught a destructive tornado moving over I-65 just north of downtown Nashville. Power flashes can be seen in the distance! This storm cell continues to push east this evening! pic.twitter.com/l1iXq6PDhD— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) December 9, 2023
Explosions during the storm 🌪️💥 This video is from Sarah Brown on Longfellow Drive in Nashville. Halfway through the video the whole sky goes orange and a fireball goes up into the sky. (*not edited for language*) @WSMV pic.twitter.com/UuSQGtYacZ— Ryan Breslin (@RyBrez) December 9, 2023
TORNADO DAMAGE: This drive through window from Zaxbys blew into a cemetery 3 miles from where the restaurant is located. The cemetery is littered with damage from nearby structures. pic.twitter.com/fXGuWsnX8K— Tony Sloan (@TonySloanTV) December 9, 2023
#BREAKING: Just in —Another video –A Confirmed Large and Extremely Dangerous Tornado is on the ground— EUROPE CENTRAL (@Ddhirajk) December 9, 2023
Here's another angle from a Nashville, Tennessee Livecam moments ago as the #Observed #Tornado hit something and caused an #Explosion!
#nashville #tornado #tennessee… pic.twitter.com/rWu6YWLo8W
Video of tornado from across the lake in Old Hickory. Can be seen moving into Hendersonville @NC5 @NC5_LelanStatom @HenryRothenberg @NC5_BreeSmith @NWSNashville @NashSevereWx pic.twitter.com/016PWgImJK— Heather Mathis (@NC5_HMathis) December 9, 2023
Clarksville, TN pic.twitter.com/iZCcR0W7a6— Connor Healey 🌪️ (@Healey_Photo) December 9, 2023