2 killed in severe storms; TEMA declares State of Emergency

Selmer, Tenn. in McNairy County on Dec. 23, 2015 (Courtesy: The Independent Appeal)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Department of Agency (TEMA) declared a Level III State of Emergency Wednesday night after at least two people were killed in severe storms in Tennessee.

The victims are a man and woman from Perry County, possibly a married couple, but their identities have not been released.

UPDATE: Victims identified; Tornadoes confirmed in Perry, Wayne counties

Sheriff Weems in Perry County told News 2 the winds “exploded the home” on Highway 412 East in Linden while the victims were inside and carried the debris up to 200 yards away.

The storms began sweeping through from the west around 4 p.m., bringing heavy rain and severely damaging winds.

Photo: WKRN

At least one tornado was confirmed by the National Weather Service (NWS). It hit just 13 miles southwest of Centerville in Hickman County.

TEMA reported the storm caused isolated damage in a number of counties including Dyer, Hickman, Hardeman Madison, McNairy, Martin, Montgomery, Perry, Sumner, Wayne and Wilson counties.

The following is a break down of damage across the state so far:

Dyer – Trees down between Dyersburg and Begota
Hardeman – Building damaged
Hickman – Trees down
Madison – Power lines down, two homes impacted
Martin – Home damaged
McNairy – 12 to 15 homes reported damaged
Montgomery – Sub-station damaged
Perry – Home damaged
Sumner – Trees down, power lines damaged
Wayne – Post Office damaged, homes damaged
Wilson – Boat dock damaged

Two of the hardest hit were Perry and Wayne counties, where TEMA will be deploying officials to assist with storm response.

Debris was blown all over Perry County, as seen in photos sent to News 2 by Lobelville’s Mayor Robby Moore. Click here to see the slideshow.

The post office destroyed in Wayne County was in Lutts. The United State Postal Service said until further notice, Post Office Box customers can pick up their mail at the Collinwood Post Office, 101 4th Ave. South. Their hours are 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday.

News 2 was in Lawrence County Wednesday night where at least 50 trees uprooted, 5 roofs were partially or completely damaged, a large barn was destroyed, and power lines went down.

Some tornado advisories remained in effect for parts of Tennessee through 11 p.m. Get the latest alerts at wkrn.com/alerts.

PHOTOS: December severe weather

According to FlyNashville.com, flights were being delayed both to and from the Nashville International Airport with at least one flight from Chicago to Nashville being diverted to St. Louis. Check FlyNashville.com for the latest.

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