At least six dead as tornadoes rip through state.
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At least six dead as tornadoes rip through state.

Several people have been killed after severe storms and tornadoes tore through parts of Tennessee on Saturday, according to reports.

Several parts of the southern US state were battered by extreme weather events in the last few days, resulting in buildings being reduced to rubble and communities being plunged into blackouts.

A northern suburb of Nashville, the state’s capital, was reported as the site of three of the deaths.

As a result of these circumstances, two adults and a child were killed in Clarksville, around 50 miles (80.4 km) to the north-west.

Pitts, the city’s mayor, has declared a state of emergency, which includes a curfew of 9 p.m. on Sunday, which will remain in place throughout the day.

The news is devastating, and our hearts are broken for the families of those who have lost loved ones,” he said in a statement. There is no doubt in my mind that the city stands ready to help them in their time of need.”

According to the Montgomery County government, 23 people in the surrounding area have been hospitalized as a result of the incident.

As the county’s mayor, Wes Golding, said: “This is a sad day for our community. We are praying for those who have suffered injuries, lost loved ones, or lost their homes as a result of this incident.”

According to tracking site poweroutage, almost 60,000 people were without power as of 21:30 local time (0330 GMT Sunday).

Streets lined with ruined buildings were littered with overturned cars and uprooted trees in videos posted on social media.

The footage captured the funnels of large tornadoes hitting the ground and bright flashes of lightning.