(RightIsRight.co) – In the catastrophic aftermath of a thunderstorm that saw at least 13 powerful tornadoes touching down in Tennessee, at least six people, including two children, were tragically killed, and over two dozen people were injured, adding to extensive property damage.
In Madison, a suburb of Nashville, two adults and a child were confirmed dead after a tornado devastated their home. The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department identified the victims as 37-year-old Joseph Dalton, 31-year-old Floridema Gabriel Perez, and Perez’s 2-year-old son, Anthony Elmer Mendez. Additionally, three people, including 10-year-old Arlan Burnham, were reported dead in Clarksville.
Katherine Burnham, the mother of young Arlan, shared her grief on Facebook, saying, “Yesterday our home was in the direct path of a tornado. My beautiful baby boy, Arlan, did not make it out of the house.” A crowdfunding page to cover funeral expenses for the family has since raised over $80,000.
Metro Nashville Police reported that Dalton, Perez, and Mendez were killed when the tornado hit Perez’s house and Dalton’s mobile home. Both Perez’s other son, aged 7, and Dalton’s 10-year-old son, who were present during the incident, were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Responding to the disaster in Montgomery County, Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts expressed his sorrow and pledged the city’s support for the bereaved families. “This is devastating news and our hearts are broken for the families of those who lost loved ones,” Mayor Pitts stated. He also urged residents to stay indoors, allowing first responders to conduct search and rescue operations effectively.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the tornado touched down around 2 p.m., and responders set up a shelter at a local high school while searching for victims. Images shared by the Clarksville Fire Department on social media displayed the severe damage caused by the tornado, including demolished houses and a tractor-trailer overturned on a highway.
The National Weather Service in Nashville assessed that the tornado that struck Clarksville had an Enhanced Fujita rating of 3, with winds reaching up to 150 miles per hour. Another tornado in Madison was preliminarily rated as an EF 2, with winds of 125 miles per hour. According to updates from the City of Clarksville, emergency workers found 91 structures completely destroyed, with hundreds more sustaining major or minor damages.
The aftermath of these tornadoes has left the affected communities in a state of shock and mourning, with local officials and residents grappling with the tragic loss of life and the extensive destruction of property.