Five people died in the tornadoes on Dec. 10 and 11 in Tennessee, the state’s emergency management agency said Friday. That’s one more than the previous number of lives thought to be lost in the storms.
The National Weather Service has also been revising its tally as its team surveys the damage across the state. The latest estimate from Tennessee’s three forecast offices is that 23 tornadoes hit the state that night: eight in West Tennessee and 15 in Middle Tennessee.
The most damaging was an EF-4 tornado that swept across 80 miles from Arkansas to Obion County, Tenn., in the far northwest corner of the state. It reached speeds of 170 miles per hour.
Obion and its neighboring county, Lake, accounted for four of the deaths. An additional person was killed in Shelby County.