TEMA Flash Report #3 Tennessee Severe Weather Dec. 10 & 11

Sunday, December 12, 2021 | 10:01am


  • Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee conducted a survey of damage in Dickson, Stewart, and Lake counties this afternoon and met with local officials on-the-ground in Tiptonville and Dresden.
  • Tennessee has four, weather-related fatalities: two fatalities in Lake County; one fatality in Obion County; and one fatality in Shelby County.
  • The Crisis Cleanup Line, 800-451-1954, is active and accepting calls from Tennesseans in the storm damaged counties who need volunteer assistance with cleaning up from the storms.
  • The State Emergency Operations Center will turnover monitoring of local activities and resource requests to TEMA’s 24-hour Watch Point overnight, with the SEOC becoming operational again Sunday morning.
  • A State of Emergency remains in place in Tennessee.



Tennessee remains in a State of Emergency from a Friday-night-through-Saturday-morning storm outbreak across the state that caused fatalities, damaged structures and residences in more than 20 counties, and disrupted power and water utility operations.

While Middle and West Tennessee experienced significant impacts, the storms did not spare East Tennessee before moving out of the state this morning.  Counties along the Cumberland Plateau and eastward have some damage and utilities disruptions.  Sevier County is working to restore power to 2,500 locations reported downed trees and power outages, while also having to contain two separate brush fires.

Agriculture operations in Tennessee were also impacted with four, poultry barns collapsing in Clay County and trapping 80,000 chickens, and the Ellington Agriculture Center in Nashville had several trees downed in the storm last night.

The Tennessee Dept. of Health has confirmed four, weather-related fatalities, with two fatalities in Lake County; one fatality in Obion County; and one fatality in Shelby County.

Some local jurisdictions began damage assessments Saturday and more assessments are expected to begin, and continue, Sunday. TEMA personnel will be assisting local officials with their assessments as they are able to ensure all life-safety needs are met. There are no preliminary damage numbers to report currently.

Boil water advisories remain in place in Dresden, Kenton, and Samberg due to impacts to water systems.

Utility service restoration efforts are ongoing with more than 63,000 people still without power statewide as of 5 p.m., Central. This total includes Davidson County, 32,000; Shelby, 13,000; Sumner, 5,000; Monroe, 1,700; Williamson, 1,500; Obion, 1,000; and Stewart, 500.

Open Shelters:

  • Obion County - Reelfoot Youth Camp, 4305 Kendall Road, Hornbreak, TN
  • Gibson County - First Baptist Church, 204 S. Poplar St., Kenton, TN
  • Sumner County - Hendersonville Church of Christ, 107 Rockland Road


  • Memphis: Sunshine and a high of 54 Sunday.
  • Nashville: Sunshine and 51 tomorrow.
  • Knoxville: Sunny and cooler on Sunday with a high of 48.
  • Chattanooga: Sunny and cooler with a high of 52 Sunday.