On December 10, 2023, Middle Tennessee was hit by a series of tornadoes and severe storms that caused widespread damage and power outages. The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings for multiple counties, and there were several unconfirmed touchdowns across the area. The storms caused at least six deaths and dozens of injuries across the region.
The tornadoes destroyed homes, downed thousands of trees, snapped power poles, and caused structural damage across Middle Tennessee. The hardest-hit areas were Dickson and Kingston Springs, where EF-2 tornadoes topped out at 135 and 125 mph, respectively.
The aftermath of the storms left many residents without power and struggling to cope with the damage. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reported that more than 20 counties were affected by the storms statewide.
The storms have highlighted the need for better disaster preparedness and response in Middle Tennessee. Governor Bill Lee visited some of the hardest-hit communities in West Tennessee on December 11, calling it a “very difficult day for many of our neighbors”
In the wake of the storms, President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration in Tennessee, releasing federal assistance for nine counties impacted by the storms. The storms have also raised concerns about the impact of climate change on severe weather events. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, climate change is expected to increase the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, including tornadoes and severe storms.
The tornadoes and severe storms that hit Middle Tennessee on December 10, 2023, caused widespread damage and power outages, leaving many residents struggling to cope with the aftermath. The storms have highlighted the need for better disaster preparedness and response in the region and raised concerns about the impact of climate change on severe weather events.