TDH: 4 dead after tornadoes hit several counties in Western, Middle Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed four weather-related deaths due to the storm.
Health officials said two deaths were reported in Lake County, one dead in in Shelby County, and one fatality in Obion County.
The State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville has been activated at a Level 3 – State of Emergency. This activation allows state departments to support “local jurisdictions directly with storm response.”
Gov. Bill Lee departed from the TEMA headquarters just around 1 p.m. Saturday to visit and survey storm damage in West Tennessee. On the flight, uprooted trees, damaged homes, debris were visible when flying over Dickson County.
Gov. Lee drove to Cypress Point Resort in Tiptonville and arrived at 2:55 p.m. to survey the damage. He was joined by state Sen. John Stevens, Ed Jackson, and Rep. Rusty Grills.
The resort was ripped apart, multiple mattresses wrapped around trees, and multiple vehicles thrown on their side. Multiple officials were going through debris.
“This is heartbreaking,” Lee said while talking to local first responders.
Rep. Grills said a family survived the storm at the resort by huddling in a bathroom, wrapping themselves around the toilet as the roof and surrounding walls were ripped off.
However, a father and 12-year-old son were killed at the resort. Officials said they were sucked into the storm.
State officials have setup a Crisis Cleanup Line, 800-451-1954, and it is “accepting calls from Tennesseans in the storm damaged counties.”
TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan said the two lines of extreme weather created “heavy rain, powerful thunderstorms, and tornadic activity overnight Friday and into the mid-day Saturday.”
State officials are advising people in Dresden, Kenton, and Samberg to boil water, due to storm impacts to water systems.
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