Tennessee hospitals treat dozens of tornado victims

Dozens of injured people were taken to medical facilities after severe storms and tornadoes pummeled communities in the greater Nashville region in Tennessee over the weekend, The Tennesseean reported.

The National Weather Service preliminarily estimated Dec. 10 that 13 tornadoes hit the region Dec. 9, with areas of Clarksville, Madison, Hendersonville and Gallatin being among those hardest hit.

Six people, including a child in Montgomery County, died. More than 80 people were reportedly transported to area hospitals, including more than 60 from Clarksville and more than 20 in the Nashville area, officials said, according to The Tennesseean. Of the individuals hospitalized, nine were transferred to Nashville-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center and were in critical, unstable condition on Dec. 10.

A Tennova Healthcare-Clarksville spokesperson told Becker's the hospital's emergency departments treated 53 patients who needed medical care as a result of the tornadoes.

"Our emergency providers are committed to timely care for patients in all medical emergencies, and we commend all of our team members for services to those in need," the spokesperson said. 

Gov. Bill Lee, who has issued a state of emergency declaration for Tennessee, wrote in a Dec. 10 post on Facebook: "Though our state has weathered significant storm damage, Tennesseans are resilient. Today, we've seen a picture of hope as state & local officials & nonprofits have provided critical support to families & communities across Middle TN."

CDE Lightband reported that 11,627 customers were without power as of 8:09 a.m. Central time Dec. 11. Nashville Electric Service reported that 6,322 were without power as of about 8:15 a.m. Dec. 11. 

According to The Tennesseean, a coordinated volunteer cleanup effort in areas with extensive Clarksville tornado damage was set to begin Dec. 11, and the city of Springfield will collect debris from the tornado Dec. 13 and Dec. 14.

Resources about shelter, road closures and other conditions are available from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency as well as myTDOT, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Read the full Tennessean report here

Editor's note: This story was updated at 10:22 a.m. on Dec. 11. 

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