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Video shows tornado damage near Columbia Tennessee, at least one killed

Additionally, Maury County Public Schools will remain closed on Thursday.

Footage depicting the aftermath of the tornado in Columbia, Tennessee has emerged, revealing significant destruction.

Tragically, there has been at least one reported fatality.

Numerous homes have been demolished, and large trees and powerlines are strewn across the area.

In Maury County, located east of Columbia off Bear Creek Pike, a tornado touchdown has resulted in one fatality, as confirmed by Maury County Regional Hospital.

The National Weather Service verified the tornado’s occurrence, which caused four additional injuries as it tore through eastern Columbia amidst severe storms characterized by hail, strong winds, and airborne debris across Maury County and Middle Tennessee on Wednesday.

Maury County Emergency Management officials announced plans to establish a shelter station for displaced families at Riverside Elementary School, located at 203 Carter St., during a media briefing held at 9 p.m.

Additionally, Maury County Public Schools will remain closed on Thursday.

During the briefing, Jeff Hardy, Director of Emergency Management for Maury County, outlined arrangements for transportation via buses and the establishment of a command post at Maury County Fire Station No. 10, situated at 1520 Lasea Rd., to assist those in need.

Bear Creek Pike is strewn with fallen trees and scattered debris, prompting authorities to close the hazardous roadway from Tom J. Hitch to I-65, as confirmed by the Maury County Office of Emergency Management.

Additionally, Columbia Power and Water Services have reported storm-related damage to a section of the city’s power grid. Columbia Fire Chief Chris Cummins stated during the briefing that it may take “a few days” to fully restore power.

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