Tennessee battled deadly tornadoes and thunderstorms wreaking havoc across the state on Saturday. The violent weather left behind a trail of destruction, claiming at least six lives, injuring over 50, and causing extensive destruction to both buildings and critical power infrastructure.
Three fatalities, including a child, occurred in the Clarksville area of Montgomery County in northern Tennessee, where a powerful EF3 tornado, with peak winds of 150 mph, caused widespread destruction along an 11-mile path. Another two fatalities were confirmed in Madison, Tennessee, just north of Nashville, where an EF2 tornado with peak winds of 125 mph tore through the region.
First responders were completely overwhelmed. Over 400 calls were made overnight.
Furthermore, the storms left over 40,000 people without power. As of Sunday afternoon, there were over 35,000 reports of power outages across the state.
The Nashville Electric Service is actively working to restore power, but the extent of the damage is substantial. While 18,000 customers have had their power restored, substations in Hendersonville and North Nashville suffered significant damage, with no estimated restoration time. Some of the worst-hit areas are expected to endure days without power.
The tornadoes in Tennessee stand as a stark reminder of just how fragile everyday life is in America.
A fragile power grid means that families could go without power for days or even weeks at a time at a moment’s notice. This would make getting food, water, and emergency assistance nearly impossible, leaving the average American with no one to depend on but themselves and their families.
What’s more, with such a dire need for the necessities of life, social chaos would no doubt ensue. With first responders tied down and the police overwhelmed, each citizen and their family would be able to rely only on themselves for safety and protection.
Don’t wait until a tornado sweeps through your front yard to get ready for a disaster. Start preparing today.
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