Officials Report 15 Dead, Dozens Missing After Floods Devastate Middle Tennessee

by Shelby Scott

Wind and rain have been hammering the east coast of the United States as hurricane season surges. However, major flooding in Middle Tennessee has resulted in over a dozen deaths and has left countless others missing. While earlier flash flood watches and warnings have concluded, rescue teams continue their searches in the aftermath of the floods.

According to the Chief Deputy of the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office, Rob Edwards, “We have lost a lot of roads, both rural and major highways.” He continued, claiming, “In my 28 years, it’s the worst I’ve ever seen it.”

Though flooding is common on the east coast, Tennessee’s fatalities are quite high despite the commonality of these natural occurrences annually. People magazine said local authorities have reported 15 declared dead, and “about 40 others” missing. Additionally, the National Weather Service stated Tennessean counties Dickson, Hickman, Houston, and Humphreys had experienced “inches of rain.” By Saturday morning, some areas had seen over a foot of water.

Throughout the weekend, authorities in Humphreys County had conducted residence checks, encompassing a population of about 18,500. Currently, search and rescues are ongoing through the aftermath. People shared photos of the aftermath, including images of vehicles upturned on roads and homes sunk in the water. Middle Tennessee is also experiencing major power outages overall.

Hurricane Henri Is Churning North Among Major Tennessee Floods

Following the Tennessee floods, the Northeastern region of the U.S. is expected to experience some major flooding of its own. According to ABC News, Hurricane Henri’s path marked the storm’s landfall in Rhode Island as of Sunday afternoon. With it, Henri brought wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour. The hurricane also influenced storm surges measuring four feet in various regions.

Further, the news outlet stated the hurricane is currently weakening from a category hurricane to a tropical storm. However, New England states can still expect to experience major flooding, as well as downed trees and powerlines. Thousands of residents are already experiencing power outages. And though Hurricane Henri consistently slows its pace, it promises to bring much rain and major flooding to affected areas.

Additionally, areas along the east coast spanning the length of Long Island have affected major evacuations. Many of these extend into Connecticut and Massachusetts. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for the NYC area until tomorrow night. Other professionals have stated that among floodings and power outages, certain areas throughout Southern New England may also experience tornadoes later this evening.

Several media outlets have compared the destruction from Hurricane Henri to the 2012 monster hurricane, Sandy, which devastated the Northeast almost 10 years ago. Those who experienced the horrors of the 2012 storm worried as Henri followed a similar path as Sandi. However, the two storms overall differ as Henri is expected to cause smaller scale damage. Further, an ongoing Appalachian storm is pushing Henri seaward as the storm which took place during Sandy only strengthened the superstorm.