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Clarksville sees severe tornado damage Saturday afternoon

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Clarksville sees severe tornado damage Saturday afternoon


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Saturday afternoon, a tornado touched down in northern parts of Clarksville. It crossed I-24 around mile marker 1 and 2, and later moved into Kentucky and out of Montgomery County.

A storm shelter is open in north Clarksville at Northeast High school for those who need it.

Any residents who are displaced in the area of Hand Estates, a neighborhood in the vicinity of Garrettsburg Road, may seek temporary shelter at the Mosaic Church according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Callers told NewsChannel 5 there were flipped semi trucks, debris and trees down.

More than 17,000 are without power in Clarksville.

We have reports of damage on Spring Haven Court, off of exit 1 near Gatlinburg Road and on Tiny Town Road, as well as at Walnut Grove Church. The Clarksville School of Fine Arts also saw significant structural damage.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office sent this information on Facebook:

“We have confirmed damage to several houses in the area of Hand Estates in the vicinity of Garrettsburg Rd due to weather conditions. First responders and emergency services have staged in the area and are assessing the damage and the safety of the residents. Due to potential dangers from the weather, downed power lines, and debris, we asked that the community shelter in place and stay off the roadways.”

Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts said first responders are still assessing damage.

“At this hour, first responders are assessing damage from a tornado that struck in areas of the northern part of our City in the early afternoon hours of Saturday, December 9, 2023. We will have more information to share later, but at this point it is premature to confirm any details,” he said. “We ask that the public only glean information about this disaster from official sources, as there is much we are still learning.”

First responders are doing searches in the areas effected, and Montgomery County Mayor, Wes Golden, says the best thing people can do to help is stay at home off of dangerous roads.

“This is a day that nobody wanted or expected, but this is a day where our community shines, so please, if you need help call 911 and help will be on the way immediately. But if you can please stay home,” Mayor Pitts said. “Our first responders need time and space. We know there’s extensive damage throughout the community so we need to be able to take care of the families so desperately in need of help.”

Our photographer Evan Huddle found a Zaxby’s drive-thru window on the ground near the Walnut Grove Church in Clarksville. The nearest Zaxby’s is miles away from this location:

Zaxby’s drive-thru window on the ground near the Walnut Grove Church in Clarksville

We have photos of the damage from viewers below.

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